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Episode 101: Daniel’s Birthday/ Daniel’s Picnic

Daniel’s Birthday
Today is Daniel Tiger’s birthday! Daniel is very excited to go to Baker Aker’s bakery to help his Mom pick out a cake for his party, and so proud that his mom lets him carry the cake himself. But when they arrive back home after a bumpy ride on Trolley, he discovers that his birthday cake is smooshed! What a disappointment. His father helps him see that there are good things even in a smooshed cake – it’s yummy.

Daniel’s Picnic
Daniel Tiger and his friends Prince Wednesday and Miss Elaina are having a picnic at the park near the clock factory. When it starts to rain, their picnic is ruined, leaving them very disappointed. Dad Tiger helps them turn their disappointment around with an inside picnic instead – inside the clock factory where the friends find something else good when they get to hear “chime time” together.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children deal with disappointment. The strategy song of this episode is: When something seems bad, turn it around and find something good!

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“Working through disappointment can be a healthy experience for both parents and children. Even if it were possible to give someone everything he or she asks for, we would be depriving that person of many ways of growing…many ways of understanding oneself and loved ones.”
-Fred Rogers

Read more on Disappointment: Birthdays & Holidays.


Episode 102: Daniel Visits School/ Daniel Visits the Doctor

Daniel Visits School
Daniel is visiting school for the first time and is a little nervous because he doesn’t know what it will be like there. He packs his backpack with his favorite playthings from home – a lot of things! Teacher Harriet shows him around his classroom, and Daniel is surprised to find so many familiar things there. He learns that asking questions is one way to learn about something that’s new – and to feel more comfortable there.

Daniel Visits the Doctor
Daniel goes to the doctor for his regular check up. Before his visit, he’s feeling a little uneasy – about one stripe scared, even if he knows he will not need to get a shot. Daniel and Mom Tiger talk, draw and play about some of the things that Dr. Anna will use – a stethoscope, an otoscope, a scale and more. With Tigey and his homemade doctor book in hand, Daniel learns that it also helps to talk with Dr. Anna about what will happen.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children deal with new experiences
The strategy song of this episode is: When we do something new, let’s talk about what we’ll do.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“There are two ways that we can be helpful to children when they face something new and difficult. The first is to let them know what to expect. When children know ahead of time what’s going to happen — and not happen — they can prepare themselves for what’s coming. They can think about it and get used to their feelings about it. The second way we can be helpful is by encouraging children to play about these events — both before and afterwards. Playing can give children a sense of control over scary feelings.”
-Fred Rogers

Read more on Going to the Doctor.


Episode 103: Daniel’s Babysitter/ Daniel Goes to School

Daniel’s Babysitter
Mom and Dad Tiger are going out for the evening, and Prince Tuesday comes to be Daniel’s babysitter. As Daniel gets ready for bed, he misses his Mom and Dad. But Prince Tuesday reminds him that his parents will be back soon. When Tigey goes missing right before bedtime, Daniel learns what a grr-ific babysitter Prince Tuesday is. And his trust continues to build when he sees that his parents do come back, just as they promised.

Daniel Goes to School
Daniel joins his friends Prince Wednesday, Katerina Kittycat, O the Owl and Miss Elaina at school, but doesn’t want his Dad to leave, until Dad Tiger reminds him that ‘grownups come back.’ Miss Elaina is missing her mom and has lost her special locket with her mom’s picture in it. The children help Miss Elaina find her locket. Before long the school day is over and, just as promised, the grownups come back to take their children home.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children deal with separation.
The strategy song of this episode is: Grownups come back (.. they do. Grownups come back to you.)

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“Children grow in their ability to handle separations when we let them know that it’s okay to feel sad and angry at first…and that little by little, they’ll feel better and find different things to enjoy… It is only when children learn, day by day that their parents come for them when they say they will, that they learn to trust that times of separation will be followed by times of being together again.”
-Fred Rogers

Read more on Adjusting to Preschool.


Episode 104: Daniel Gets Mad/ Katerina Gets Mad

Daniel Gets Mad
Daniel Tiger and his friend Prince Wednesday are very excited to play at the beach today. But then it rains, and Mom Tiger says they cannot play outside, making them very mad. Mom Tiger helps the boys with their mad feelings and find ways to calm down and think. They take a deep breath, count to 4, and that helps them make a grr-ific new plan — to make an inside beach instead!

Katerina Gets Mad
Daniel and his friends are excited to be able to try the new instruments at Music Man Stan’s Music Shop. But Katerina Kittycat really wants to play the triangle. She gets very,very mad when someone else picks the instrument she wants to play. Music Man Stan helps Katerina find ways to deal with her mad feelings – like taking a deep breath, counting to 4 – and then dancing and stomping and singing.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children deal with their mad feelings.
The strategy song of this episode is: When you feel so mad that you want to ROAR,
Take a deep breath and count to four. 1…2…3…4…

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“Human beings are not born with self-control. We have to learn what to do with the mad that we feel. Learning to control ourselves is a long, hard process. It happens little by little. In fact, it is something we work on all through our lives.”
-Fred Rogers

Read more on Angry Feelings.


Episode 105: Prince Wednesday Finds a Way to Play/ Finding a Way to Play on Backwards Day

Prince Wednesday Finds a Way to Play
Friends Daniel and Katerina Kittycat are playing “house” today at school. Prince Wednesday wants to play too, but he wants to be a loud dinosaur. Katerina tells him that loud dinosaurs are not allowed! He’ll wake the baby! The friends work on finding a way to play together, and Prince Wednesday joins in by pretending to be a quiet, friendly dinosaur.

Finding a Way to Play on Backwards Day
Friends Daniel and O the Owl are at Miss Elaina’s house in the Museum-Go-Round today. She’s very excited because she has planned a special “backwards day.” But O isn’t excited about this backward play – in fact he’s quite uncomfortable about so many backward things. With the help of Miss Elaina’s father, Music Man Stan, the friends find a way to play together.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children learn about cooperation.
The strategy song for this episode is: Find a way to play together!

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“Learning about friendship begins at an early age when children ‘graduate’ from playing side by side to playing with each other. There is much to learn about sharing toys and sharing ideas, and that kind of learning happens over a long period of time. It takes a long while (years, in fact) for young children to begin to see things from someone else’s point of view.”
-Fred Rogers

Read more on Making Friends.


Episode 106: Daniel and Miss Elaina Play Rocketship/ Daniel Plays at the Castle

Daniel and Miss Elaina Play Rocketship
Daniel has come to play with Miss Elaina today! They decide to play “outer space,” but Miss Elaina gets upset when her cardboard telescope and spaceship accidentally break. Her mother, Lady Elaine, helps the friends see that they can still have fun together, even without the toys – just because they’re friends! They use their imaginations to keep playing, which is just as much fun!

Daniel Plays at the Castle
Daniel is visiting Prince Wednesday at the Castle and Daniel is excited about all the things Prince Wednesday has in his room – especially his rock collection. But the rocks aren’t for playing – they’re just for looking. Daniel and Prince Wednesday learn that friendship is about more than just playing with each other’s toys – it’s about being together!

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children learn about friendship.
The strategy song of this episode is: A friend just wants to play with you.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“It’s you I like. It’s not the things you wear. It’s not the way you do your hair.
It’s you I like. The way you are right now, way down deep inside you. Not the things that hide you. Not your toys, they’re just beside you.”
-Fred Rogers

Read more on Making Friends.


Episode 107: Friends Help Each Other

107A – Friends Help Each Other
Daniel is visiting his friend Katerina Kittycat who has planned a special tea party. When Katerina accidentally knocks the tea set on the floor, she is sad and upset. But she learns that there are lots of ways that friends help each other, and putting everything back is just one of those ways. 

107B – Daniel Helps O Tell a Story
Daniel is visiting at O the Owl’s house and Daniel is excited to see how many books O has.  The boys choose a special book to read – a book about dinosaurs. But they discover that the last page of the story is missing!  O gets very flustered, but his friend Daniel helps him use his imagination, and together they have lots of pretend fun making up their own end to the story.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children learn about friendship.
The strategy song of this episode is: Friends help each other, yes they do.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
Maybe you have some fond memories of your childhood friendships, but you might also remember times when you felt like an outsider and longed for friends. Through our lives most of us have had a variety of social experiences. If we can remember the different kinds of friendships that we’ve had through the years, we can better understand that our children probably will, too.

Read More On: Making Friends


Episode 108: Something Special for Dad/ I Love You, Mom

Something Special for Dad
When Dad receives a letter from Grandpere, Daniel sees how happy Dad is.  Daniel really loves Dad, so he decides to send him a letter too.  Then he goes to the Post Office with Mom, where he learns how letters are sorted and mailed.  He even joins Mr. McFeely on his “speedy delivery” to give Dad his very special letter!

I Love You, Mom
Daniel wants to surprise Mom Tiger with her favorite banana bread because he knows how much she likes it – and “making something is one way to say I love you.”  He and Dad go to Baker Aker’s Bakery, where they learn about the bread-making process.  They return home to surprise Mom and she happily shares the banana bread gift with them too!

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children know that one way to express their love is by making something for someone.
The strategy song of this episode is: Making something is one way to say “I love you.”

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
For some children, being a generous giver and a gracious receiver are natural. But other children may need more time and more help from us … When we show children we care about their feelings and that we enjoy giving and receiving, we help them understand how much we receive when we give and how much we give when we receive.
- Fred Rogers

Read more on Giving and Receiving.


Episode 109: A Trip to the Enchanted Garden/ A Trip to the Crayon Factory

A Trip to the Enchanted Garden
The Tiger family is making strawberry pancakes for breakfast this morning, but they are out of strawberries.  Mom, Dad and Daniel all head to the Enchanted Garden so they can pick their own strawberries.  Daniel is very curious, and learns that if he looks closely, he may be able to learn something new as he answers his own questions about how strawberries grow.

A Trip to the Crayon Factory
Daniel Tiger, Miss Elaina, and Katerina Kittycat take a trip to the factory to see how people make crayons. Their friend O the Owl has to stay home because he’s not feeling well.  At the factory, the children watch the crayons being made.  Daniel looks and listens closely because that’s one way to learn.  Daniel has an idea to take pictures at the factory and give them to O at the end of the day, so that O can learn about crayons too! 

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to encourage children’s curiosity.
The strategy song for this episode is: Look closely to find out!

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
Children’s curiosity always needs to be encouraged and supported.  More important than what we say is letting our children know that we welcome their asking us about anything they don’t understand.  - Fred Rogers

Read more on Curiosity.


Episode 110: Daniel Shares his Tigertastic Car/ Katerina Shares her Tutu

Daniel Shares his Tigertastic Car
Daniel and his friends are playing together in the park.  Daniel has a new toy car and isn’t ready to share it with the others.  But with his Dad’s help, Daniel learns that sharing means someone else gets to take a turn, and then he’ll get it back.

Katerina Shares her Tutu
Daniel is playing at Katerina’s house and the friends decide to perform a Jungle Dance show.  Daniel wants to be a lion, and Katerina wants to be a dancing flower, but they both need the same tutu for their costume.  With Henrietta’s help they find a way to share the tutu and perform a grr-ific Jungle Dance show!

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode to help children learn about sharing.
The strategy song for this episode is: You can take a turn, and then I’ll get it back.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
Sharing isn’t easy for children, and learning to share is a long process. It can be hard for children to understand what’s mine, yours, and ours. Sharing grows little by little, as children develop the ability to see things from another person’s point of view and to trust that what they share will be given back. - Fred Rogers

Read More on Sharing.


Episode 111: Prince Wednesday Goes to the Potty/ Daniel Goes to the Potty

Prince Wednesday Goes to the Potty
Prince Wednesday is in the block corner at school building the “tallest tower in the world!”  Even though he needs to go to the bathroom, he doesn’t want to stop what he is doing.  Teacher Harriet helps him learn how important it is to stop and go right away.

Daniel Goes to the Potty
Dad Tiger’s trumpet is broken, so he takes Daniel along to Music Man Stan’s Shop to get it fixed. While at the shop, Daniel needs to go to the bathroom, but thinks he will have to wait until they get home.  Music Man Stan explains that everyone goes to the bathroom, and Daniel learns that he can use the bathroom there – or anywhere else in the neighborhood.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children learn about bathroom routines.
The strategy song of this episode is: When you have to go potty, STOP… and go right away.  Flush, wash…and be on your way!

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
Even though toilet accidents are frustrating, children manage better when their parents are patient and remind them of their successes rather than making them feel bad when they’ve wet or soiled their pants. Children really do want to please their parents, and they like the feeling of “growing up.” - Fred Rogers

 Read More on Toilet Accidents

 


Episode 112 – Fruit Picking Day/ Daniel is Big Enough to Help Dad

Fruit Picking Day
Daniel and his friends are enjoying a Fruit Festival in the Enchanted Garden. Prince Wednesday is upset because his big brother Prince Tuesday can pick the highest fruit off the tree branches, but he can’t. He wishes he wasn’t so little! Then, when the festival-goers spot a very special magical golden pear on the ground, Prince Wednesday is the only one little enough to reach it.

Daniel is Big Enough to Help Dad
Dad Tiger is building a playhouse, and Daniel wants to help. Daniel is frustrated that he is not big enough to use the grown up tools. Dad Tiger shows Daniel that there are things he can do to help that he’s just the right size for.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
As children become more and more aware of themselves and their world, they become aware of how small they are, compared to people who take care of them. We adults can help young children feel good about who they are when we show that we value what they can do … and that we don’t expect them to be more grownup than they are ready to be.

Read what Fred Rogers had today about Valuing Little and Big…

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode to help children know that even though they are small, there are many things they can do.
The strategy song for this episode is: Everyone is big enough to do something.


Episode 113: Daniel Waits for Show and Tell/ A Night Out at a Restaurant

Daniel Waits for Show and Tell
Daniel is so excited to share a book he made with his class at “show and tell,” but he’s finding it very difficult to wait. He finds that doing something, like singing on Trolley, playing during science time and imagining make the waiting much easier!

A Night Out at the Restaurant
Daniel and his family are going out to dinner, and Katerina is coming too. Daniel and Katerina have a hard time waiting at the restaurant, but soon learn ways to make the waiting time easier…and even fun!

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children find ways to manage when they have to wait.
The strategy song of this episode is: When you wait, you can play, sing or imagine anything!

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“Growing on the inside” are the words I use when I talk with children about such things as learning to wait, learning to keep on trying, being able to talk about their feelings, and to express those feelings in constructive ways. These signs of growth need at least as much notice and applause as the outward kind, and children need to feel proud of them—even more proud than they may feel when that line on the doorjamb goes up another inch.”

Fred Rogers


Episode 114: Thank You Grandpere Tiger!/ Neighborhood Thank You Day

Thank You Grandpere Tiger!
Grandpere Tiger comes to visit, but Daniel is sad that Grandpere can’t stay for the special “Thank You Day” celebration later that day. Daniel learns to be thankful for the time they DO have together, and is then surprised when Grandpere appears at the celebration after all!

Neighborhood Thank You Day
It’s Thank You Day in the Neighborhood– a special celebration when each of the neighbors puts a note in the “Thank You Tree” as a way to say thank you to one another. Daniel has trouble deciding who of his neighbors he wants to thank with his note. The episode ends with a Thank You Day feast with all the neighbors celebrating together.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children develop an attitude of gratitude.
The strategy song of this episode is:  Thank you for everything you do.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
Thank you – those are the most important words in any language. – Fred Rogers

Read More on: Giving and Receiving


Episode 115: The Neighborhood Votes/ The Class Votes

The Neighborhood Votes
The Tiger family is going to Clock Factory Park today to hear a big announcement from King Friday. Daniel has to make several choices throughout the day, culminating in one BIG group decision: King Friday announces that the children can choose one new piece of playground equipment by voting for the one they want.

The Class Votes
At school Daniel and his classmates get to choose their new class pet. Teacher Harriet explains that they can either get a bunny or a turtle. The children learn what it means to ‘vote’ and that sometimes it doesn’t always turn out your way.  Each of the children find something to love about their new pet, ‘Snowball’!

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children understand what it means to vote.
The strategy song of this episode is: Stop, Think and Choose.   

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
…Choice-making can be particularly hard for very young children when there are too many alternatives to choose from, or when making a choice may result in disapproval or anger from the grown-ups they love. Asking a child, “What do you want to wear today?” is so open-ended a question that it may invite a child to make a choice that is clearly inappropriate and has to be overruled. Instead, it may be more helpful to offer limited choices such as, “Would you like to wear your red sweater or your blue one, your brown pants or your green ones?” That way, a child is presented with realistic alternatives where there is no question of “right” or “wrong.” - Fred Rogers

Read More on: Making Choices


Episode 116: Be a Vegetable Taster!/ Daniel Tries a New Food

Be a Vegetable Taster!
Teacher Harriet introduces Daniel and his friends to the school’s vegetable garden and asks them to help her pick out some healthy vegetables for their snack. They explore the garden, picking and trying different vegetables…but not everyone is eager to taste the new foods.

Daniel Tries a New Food
Miss Elaina is having dinner with the Tiger family and she encourages Daniel to try some new food: Vegetable Spaghetti and Banana Swirl. Daniel is convinced he won’t like Veggie Spaghetti, even though he’s never tried it before. Miss Elaina encourages him to be adventurous and try the new food. She does the same herself, and even though she doesn’t like all of it, she’s proud of herself for trying.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to encourage children to try new foods.
The strategy song of this episode is: Try a new food, it might taste good!

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“Mealtimes mean different things to different families. But one thing is sure — food is important to everybody. As a parent, you want to give your children healthy foods. That’s one way you let them know you care about them. Most parents spend a lot of time thinking about what foods to buy and what meals to make. It’s only natural for you to want your children to like the food you make for them.”
Fred Rogers

More from Fred Rogers on Mealtime


Episode 117: Good Morning Daniel/ Goodnight Daniel

Good Morning Daniel
It’s a typical morning in the Tiger household, and Daniel has to get up and get ready for school, but his playing and imagining distract him from his routine. Daniel learns that his morning routine helps him be ready in time for Trolley to take him to school.

Goodnight Daniel
Tonight, Daniel is pretending to be Super Daniel! But after dinner, he has to follow his nighttime routine even though he would rather play. Young viewers follow Daniel as he gets ready for bed and learns that even superheroes get sleepy and go to bed, too.

Learning Goals
The learning goals for these episodes are to help children with daily routines – morning and bedtime.

The strategy songs for these episodes are:

 Clothes on, eat breakfast, brush teeth, put on shoes and off to school!
Bedtime! Bath, brush teeth, pjs, story and a song!

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
Children feel far more comfortable and secure when things happen predictably—with routines, rituals and traditions. Those traditions, big or small, create anchors of stability, especially in rough seas. - Fred Rogers

More about Bedtime Routines


Episode 118: Daniel Plays Ball/ O Builds a Tower

Daniel Plays Ball
Daniel, Miss Elaina and Prince Wednesday are at the park with Prince Tuesday. They decide to play a game with a ball. Daniel struggles to catch the ball and gets very frustrated. All of his friends remind him that if he keeps on trying, he’ll get better. 

O Builds a Tower
In the block corner at school, O the Owl is determined to use all of the blocks to build the tallest tower in the world. When the blocks keep falling O feels ready to give up, but Teacher Harriet and his friends encourage him to keep trying.

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to encourage children to keep trying.

The strategy song is: Keep trying, you’ll get better! 

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
Above all, I think that the willingness and the courage to keep on trying develops best if there is someone we love close by who can lend us some of the strength we do not yet have within ourselves. I don’t mean someone who will do a task for us, but rather someone who will share our times of trying just by being around and being supportive, someone who can sustain the belief that we can succeed even when we doubt it ourselves. We all need quiet, caring cheerleaders like that—grownups as well as children.   - Fred Rogers

More on Persistence
 We don’t always succeed in what we try—certainly not by the world’s standards—but I think you’ll find it’s the willingness to keep trying that matters most.


Episode 119: Daniel Gets a Shot/ A Stormy Night

Daniel Gets a Shot
Daniel has an appointment at the doctor today and he has to get a shot. He is very apprehensive and does not want to go. So Daniel asks Mom Tiger questions about the shot, and she shares her trick for staying brave in scary situations. And Daniel finds that the shot was not so bad after all!

A Stormy Night
Daniel and O the Owl are having fun playing outside in the rain until a thunderstorm builds up and worries them. When Mom Tiger teaches them to think of something happy, O and Daniel learn that the thunderstorm is not so scary after all!

Learning Goals
The learning goal of this episode is to help children better manage their fears by feeling brave and strong.

The strategy song of this episode is: Close your eyes and think of something happy.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
There are many times in life when we can’t solve our children’s problems or get rid of their fears. Perhaps all we can do is to provide a safe, loving place and a willingness to listen while children work through whatever is bothering them.
Fred Rogers

Read more about Children and their Fears.

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