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Episode 125: Daniel Uses his Words/ All Aboard!

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Month: July, 2014

Daniel Uses his Words
Daniel is having lots of fun playing “farm”, until, as Mom Tiger is cleaning up, she accidentally ruins Daniel’s game. Grrr! Mom helps Daniel use his words to tell her how he is feeling so she can understand why he is upset.

All Aboard!
Daniel and his friends are playing “train” at school, but things aren’t going Katerina’s way. Meow! Katerina learns that others will not be able to help her if they don’t understand why she is upset.  She finds a way to use her words and her friends find ways to help so that they can all play together!

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children use words to express what they are feeling.

The strategy song of this episode is: Use your words.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.” –  Fred Rogers

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Daniel Says I’m Sorry
Daniel, Katerina and Miss Elaina are playing cars at school, until Miss Elaina accidentally upsets Daniel. Teacher Harriet helps the children learn how to apologize to a friend. Later, when Daniel accidentally upsets Katerina, he knows just what he needs to do.

The Royal Sandbox
Daniel and Prince Wednesday are making sand pies in the sandbox. They decide to top off a sand pie with Prince Tuesday’s royal crown, but they soon see that this wasn’t such a good idea. They learn how to apologize to Prince Tuesday and make the situation better – by helping clean the crown and promising to ask first next time. 

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children better understand what being sorry means.

The strategy song of this episode is: Saying I’m sorry is the first step. Then, how can I help?

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“What really matters is what we do after the mistake, and how we try to make things right again. Sometimes that means cleaning up the spilled milk or saying “I’m sorry” to a friend. Other times, it may just mean trying again, being more careful or simply learning what went wrong so we can change it the next time.” –  Fred Rogers

 Read more on Saying I’m Sorry

Super Daniel!
Daniel and Grandpere are at home pretending to be superheroes when Daniel notices that Dad has forgotten to take his lunch to work with him.  He and Grandpere take Dad’s lunchbox to the Clock Factory and Daniel uses his imagination to have super adventures along the way.

Play Pretend
Teacher Harriet shows the children a big cardboard box and asks them what they think it could be. Daniel and Miss Elaina have fun pretending the box is a space ship and a jungle boat, but O the Owl just sees a big cardboard box. With a little help from his friends, O discovers how much fun it is to pretend!

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children know that it can be lots of fun to pretend.

The strategy song of this episode is: When you pretend, you can do anything!

 Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“When children pretend, they aren’t limited to the way things are in the real world. They’re using their imagination to move beyond the bounds of reality. A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet. A small child can be a superhero, a crying baby, a mean dragon, or a scary lion-whatever he or she wants to be.” –  Fred Rogers

 Read more on Encouraging Pretend Play.

The Dragon Dance
In school the children are all helping Teacher Harriet with a big art project: creating a dancing dragon! Everyone is eager to finish so the dragon can dance, but they learn that they need to work together so the big project can be finished.

Teacher Harriet’s Birthday
It is Teacher Harriet’s birthday and the children want to surprise her.  Mom Tiger helps them decorate the classroom with streamers and the children learn that they need to work together to make a special birthday present surprise.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children learn about cooperation.

The strategy song of this episode is: Work together! If you can’t do it alone, work together!

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“The ability to play with other children is an important achievement of early childhood. Friendships become ‘give and take,’ filled with ups and downs, as children learn to compromise, cooperate, and work through differences in feelings and styles” – Fred Rogers

Read more on Persistence.


Neighborhood Clean Up
A wind storm has made a mess of the Neighborhood playground and no one can play.  When King Friday proclaims that it is Clean Up Day, everyone helps by throwing away  and recycling the trash. The children learn that they can all work together.

Clean Up Time
Daniel and O the Owl are playing “farm” at Daniel’s house. They are having a lot of fun, but are making quite a mess! After losing his watch in a messy room, Daniel realizes that cleaning up and putting his toys away will help him find it.

Learning Goal
The learning goal of this episode is to help children know that cleaning up is everyone’s responsibility.

Strategy Song: 
Clean up, pick up, put away, clean up every day! 

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
That chores have to be done before play; that patient persistence is often the only road to mastery; that anger can be expressed through words and non‑destructive activities; that promises are intended to be kept; that cleanliness and good eating habits are aspects of self‑esteem; that compassion is an attribute to be prized ‑ all these lessons are ones children can learn far more readily through the living example of their parents than they ever can through instruction. – Fred Rogers

Read more on How to Engage Children in Clean-up.

You are Special
The children are putting on a show at school today, each doing something that makes them special. O the Owl wants to be just like the others but, with a little encouragement, he learns that there are things that make him special, too.

Daniel is Special
Daniel and Dad take a walk through the neighborhood, admiring the colors of the leaves. On their way, they meet Miss Elaina and O the Owl who each do special things that make Daniel wonder if he is as special as they are.  Dad reminds Daniel of the things that make him special, like his whimsical imagination!

Learning Goal
The learning goal of this episode is to help children appreciate their uniqueness – and the uniqueness of others.

Strategy Song:
I like you just the way you are.

 Timeless Wisdom from Fred Rogers
We’re all so much alike…and yet we’re all so different! A child’s sense of identity grows slowly and for several years isn’t likely to be very secure. As children grow, they need opportunities to express their uniqueness, whether in choosing the clothes they want to wear or in developing their unique art projects. There are always times when children need to do what everyone else is doing, but there are also many times when we can support children’s self-esteem by helping them carry out their own ideas. –  Fred Rogers

Read more on  How You are Special

Make Your Own Self Portrait

Daniel’s Sleepover
Daniel goes to his friend Prince Wednesday’s for a sleepover. They brush and wash and get ready for bed, but as they get ready to go to sleep they notice some things that could be just a little bit scary.  Once they investigate further, they learn the things they are seeing actually aren’t scary at all!

Backyard Camping
Daniel and O the Owl are camping in the backyard with Dad Tiger. This is O’s first time sleeping in a tent and he is feeling a little unsure.  Once he examines this new setting closely, he learns that it’s not so scary! In fact, different can be fun!

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children with nighttime fears.

Strategy SongSee what it is, you might feel better.

Fred Rogers’ Timeless Wisdom
 The preschool years are years of intense feelings, but most children aren’t yet able to use words well enough to express those feelings.  Many things can be scary to them — things that are real and imaginary – and, like all of us, they carry their own “inner dramas” which color everything they see and do.  So it’s natural that not all children develop the same fears, and that some children are more fearful than others. –  Fred Rogers

Read more on Children and Their Fears

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