Author: Katie Paciga

35mm color film negative; folder 02-04, neg sleeve125053-C51, neg 24; Life Magazine shoot: WQED studio. The puppets of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe draped over the Neighborhood Trolley tracks in front of King Friday's Castle on the set of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Plugging in with Puppets On-Screen

In a recent e-newsletter for the Fred Rogers Center, early childhood development expert Hedda Sharapan unpacked how and why Fred used puppets with children. He believed that puppets helped adults understand children’s thoughts, feelings, and concerns. Hedda wrote, “Puppets can be powerful learning tools for you [the adult] too. Because they can open the door for some important conversations, they...

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35mm color film negative; folder 02-06, neg sleeve 125053-3C32, neg 29a; Life Magazine shoot: WQED studio. A monitor displays a prompt to sing "It's Such a Good Feeling" while filming on the set of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

The Power of Social Networks

I want to tell you something: I wasn’t always in favor of technology and media in early education, and I still am skeptical about much of the media itself and many of its applications in children’s earliest experiences. I know many of you are, too. You worry about how technology and media are changing the fabric of childhood—and with good...

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