Little Children — Big Words

The other day I heard a child singing “Row, row, row your boat,” and I couldn’t help thinking of the delightful version of that song that Fred wrote for King Friday –Propel, propel, propel your craft… gently down liquid solution. Ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, existence is but an illusion! [q_button type='transparent_button' size='medium' text='View the PDF' icon_pack='font_awesome' fa_icon='' fe_icon='' icon_color='' link='/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/July-2018.pdf' target='_self' color='' hover_color=''...

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Won’t You Be Our Neighbor?

Summer is under way, and our students are on break. A gentle quietness has returned to the campus at Saint Vincent College, home of the Fred Rogers Center. It’s been a time of reflection for me as I deal with my post-cancer treatment. First, I want to give you a quick update on my health. I recently had my first...

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Up Close and Personal with Nature

It’s summertime, and that usually means more outdoor time. But I keep thinking about Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv, and I wonder if “outdoor time” today has come to mean “playground time” with swings, monkey bars and slides. I’ve been thinking about how much different that is from outdoor time with nature. In his book, Louv reminds us...

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Reflecting Light on Shadows

Ever since I started presenting workshops on Fred’s approach to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math), I’ve kept my ears open for stories of children’s questions about the world around them -- and for the way their teachers respond. So I was especially delighted with what I heard when I was observing my scientist friend Elaine offer her...

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Happy 90th Birthday Fred Rogers

For many of our regular readers, you know that one of my favorite social media features is “On this Day,” which is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on past years with my family. Today, I get to share a significant milestone with you. On this day, March 20, 1928, Fred McFeely Rogers was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. As arguably one...

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Life Lessons

You’ll probably be hearing a lot about Fred Rogers this month – and this year. That’s because February 19 marks the 50th anniversary of the first national PBS broadcast of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. As part of the celebration, during the week of February 26 PBS is pairing episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (inspired by Fred Rogers’ legacy) with Mister Rogers’...

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‘Tis the Season – for Some Quiet

A colleague of mine told me she’s already feeling the stressful effects of the holiday season in her child care. There seems to be more anxiety, tension, irritability and conflicts -- and a lot more noise -- from both the children and the adults. I wonder if you’re feeling the stress, too, whatever the holidays mean to you. Reducing the...

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