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Episode 140: Daniel Learns about Empathy/Empathy at School

Daniel Learns about Empathy- Using their play toolkits, Daniel and O the Owl are pretending to make “repairs” to Daniel’s playhouse. Daniel is having lots of fun hammering loudly, but it’s upsetting O, who would rather do something quieter. Daniel loves hammering so much that it’s hard for him to see why it upsets O. Mom helps Daniel think about how O is feeling. He comes to realize that they can both have fun as quiet handymen!

Empathy at School- Chrissie and Daniel are playing “doctor” at school today, but when Chrissie loses her special bracelet, she doesn’t feel like playing anymore. Daniel has trouble understanding why. Teacher Harriet helps him understand how Chrissie may be feeling. Daniel remembers how worried he was when he thought Tiger was lost, and decides to stop playing and help find the bracelet.

Learning Goals

The learning goal of this episode is to help children develop caring attitudes toward others.

The strategy song of this episode is: Think about how someone else is feeling.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom

“Caring grows little by little as children develop the ability to see the world through other people’s eyes. That’s the foundation for empathy, the capacity to appreciate how others might feel.”- Fred Rogers Read More on Helping Young Children Develop Empathy



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