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Episode 134: Line Leader Daniel/ Neighborhood Jobs

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Line Leader Daniel: Today at school, the children are getting new classroom jobs, and Daniel really wants to be ‘line leader’! When he doesn’t get the job he wanted, Daniel is disappointed. Soon he learns that all of the jobs are important to keep the classroom running smoothly. 

Neighborhood Jobs: Daniel and Mom Tiger are visiting the library today! Unfortunately, X the Owl isn’t feeling very well, so he can’t do his job. Daniel learns the importance of all the neighborhood jobs and offers to fill in as librarian for the day!

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to develop responsibility and cooperation.

The strategy song of this episode is: Everyone’s job is important, we all help in different ways.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
Children feel nourished when someone they love takes care of them by helping them. But it is just as nourishing for children to know that they can be helpful to others as well.”        — Fred Rogers

Read more on Helping with Everyday Chores.

Daniel’s New Friend: Daniel and Miss Elaina are at Prince Wednesday’s castle for a royal play date, and meet his cousin Chrissie. As they play “knights,” they discover that, although Chrissie needs some help walking, they are the same in many ways. 

Same and Different: While Daniel is playing dress up with his friends at school, he feels different when he realizes that not everyone has a tail like him. He learns that everyone has differences, but that these are the things that make us unique. 

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children see and appreciate the similarities and differences among people.

The strategy song of this episode is: In some ways we are different, in so many ways we are the same.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
As different as we are from one another, as unique as each one of us is, we are much more the same that we are different.  That may be the most essential message of all, as we help our children grow toward being caring, compassionate, and charitable adults.” - Fred Rogers 

Read more on Helping Children See That Each Person Is Unique

A Snowy Day: It’s a snowy day in the Neighborhood, and Miss Elaina is coming over to play! Mom Tiger helps Daniel change out of his pajamas into clothes that will keep him warm. When it’s time to go outside, Daniel learns how important it is to choose the appropriate clothes.

Tutu All the Time: Katerina is wearing her favorite sparkly tutu at school today! She likes to wear it all the time, even when she’s painting and playing “grizzly bear” with her friends. But she soon learns how important it is to choose the appropriate clothes for the things you want to do. 

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children think more carefully about the clothes they choose to wear.

The strategy song of this episode is: Think about what you’re going to do, then pick the clothes that are right for you. 

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
During the preschool years, children may develop very specific ideas about what they will and will not wear. Naturally, those strong preferences will not always agree with what adults want them to wear. These times can be helpful opportunities to work together on understanding the notions of “choice” and “control.” ― Fred Rogers 

Read more on Giving Children Choices.

Neighbor Day
In this half-hour special Daniel learns that it feels good to be neighborly and that one kind act can lead to many. His first good deed starts a chain reaction of kindness all around the Neighborhood, resulting in the declaration of “Neighbor Day!” 

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children understand that doing something kind for others can make them feel good too.

The strategy song of this episode is: Do something nice for your neighbor, do something nice for your friend.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person.  Sometimes, all it takes is one kind word to nourish another person.  Think of the ripple effect that can be created when we nourish someone.  One kind empathetic word has a wonderful way of turning into many.”  - Fred Rogers

 Read more on Encouraging Generosity and Gratitude

Safety Patrol
Today at school, the kids are playing with traffic signs. Prince Tuesday comes for a special visit, wearing his crossing guard uniform. He takes the class on a walk through the neighborhood, and they practice their safety rules along the way!

Safety at the Beach
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, so Mom Tiger takes Daniel and Katerina to Jungle Beach to play. The children get a bit carried away during their treasure hunting play and drift a bit too far away from Mom Tiger. She reminds them that to stay safe near the water, they need to stop and listen!

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children pay attention to rules and learn how to keep themselves safe.  The strategy song of this episode is: Stop and listen to stay safe.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“No child is born with self-discipline. Parents need to provide them with the discipline they need until they learn to discipline themselves. Children need the help of caring adults who will help them learn how to stop themselves by setting clear limits for acceptable behavior while allowing children ways to express their feelings by talking or playing about them. Praise you child for following the rules. When you do that, you’re strengthening the foundation for self-discipline”.   - Fred Rogers

Read more on Helping Children Learn to Stop Themselves.

It’s Time to Go: Daniel, O the Owl and Katerina are playing “library” at the Treehouse. When it’s time for them to go home, Katerina and Daniel don’t want to stop playing because they are having so much fun! They learn that choosing one more thing to do before they leave makes their transition a little easier.

Daniel Doesn’t Want to Stop Playing: Daniel is playing “Trolley” with Mom and Dad in the living room. When Mom tells him that it’s time to work on his school project, Daniel doesn’t want to stop playing. Mom helps Daniel by allowing him to pick one more thing to do with his toy Trolley. After Daniel makes one last stop, he’s ready to work on his school project.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children learn to stop what they are doing and prepare for what’s coming next.

The strategy song of this episode is: Part 1: It’s almost time to stop, so choose one more thing to do. Part 2: That was fun, but now it’s done, it’s time to…(add words stating whatever it is you want your child to do next).

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“We all want things we can’t have from time to time, but for children, it can be especially frustrating to have those feelings. They haven’t yet learned how to manage their frustration or anger when they can’t have what they want or when they can’t do what they want to do. Children need the help of caring adults who will help them learn how to stop themselves by setting clear limits for acceptable behavior while allowing children ways to express their feelings by talking or playing about them.”   - Fred Rogers

Read more on Helping Children Learn to Stop Themselves.

Katerina’s Costume:
Daniel and Katerina are at Miss Elaina’s Museum-Go-Round to make their costumes for Dress Up Day. While Daniel and Miss Elaina know exactly what they want to be, Katerina is having a harder time deciding on just the right costume. Eventually she comes up with a very clever idea!

Dress Up Day:
It’s Dress Up Day in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe and it’s time for the annual main street parade! The children visit all the stores, showing off their fancy costumes and receiving different stickers from their neighbors.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to encourage pretend play and help children see that dressing up can make play even more fun.

Strategy song of this episode is: Dress up any way you choose. Find a way that’s right for you! 

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“When children pretend, they aren’t limited to the way things are in the real world. A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet. Children’s play depends on what they’re thinking about or dealing with at that moment.  They might play to figure out what the world is like, or work through some of their feelings and concerns.  Or they may want to play just for fun. Through play, children discover the world and learn more about themselves.”  - Fred Rogers 

Read more on Dress Up Play.

 

Calm at the Clock Factory Daniel and his friends are visiting Dad Tiger’s Clock Factory. Daniel’s excitement to show off his dad and the tigertastic clocks is making him a bit silly. He learns that there are places to be calm and places where it’s OK to be silly!

Calm Before Story Time  The kids are going to the Neighborhood Library for story time! All the excitement has made them feel a bit silly. Prince Wednesday has a hard time getting calm for the library, but learns that there are places to be calm and places where it’s more than OK to be silly!

Learning Goals

The learning goal of this episode is to help children learn to calm themselves down.

The strategy song of this episode is: Give a squeeze nice and slow, take a deep breath and let it go.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom

“Young children may not notice when they are being too noisy for other people because they have a hard time seeing things from someone else’s point of view. One of the things we can do is to help children find acceptable ways to be noisy  … and to help them see that they can begin to control noise levels and themselves in small ways.” – Fred Rogers 

Read more on Noisy Times and Quiet Times.

 

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

 Read more on Using Your Words

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


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