Staying Connected June 2017

Another summer is upon us and for many of us it’s the time of year for family vacations and staycations. As a child, my family did not have the luxury to travel. We often stayed home in Brooklyn, or if we saved enough, we were able to splurge and take a Greyhound bus up to Massachusetts to see family friends. But...

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Staying Connected May 2017

Typically, this spot in the newsletter is reserved to promote the work of the Center, but I wanted to make a departure and share some news about our thought leading neighbors in the Pittsburgh region. Remake Learning Days will be held May 15 through May 26, and feature more than 350 events for families and professionals to experience how learning...

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Save for a Rainy Day

I don’t know what this spring has been like in your neighborhood, but it’s been raining a lot around here. I even caught myself singing, “Rain, rain go away. Come again another day,” hoping the rain would go away. Then I remembered a teacher who had a very different way to think about rainy days – Carla turned them into...

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Earth Day Ideas

Earth Day is Saturday, April 22, and I’ve been thinking about ways to talk with children about caring for the environment. That can be a real challenge because concepts like scarcity, recycling and conservation can be hard to explain. Young children take our resources for granted, and that’s understandable. They see that we turn on a switch, and the light...

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A Love of Learning

I’ve always felt good about calling this newsletter “What we can continue to learn from Fred Rogers.” And it’s been especially heartwarming to hear from so many of our readers that you, too, appreciate learning from the way Fred approached children, families, the world, and life in general. I was thinking of that because March 20th would have been Fred’s 89th...

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Deep and Simple Inspiration

Fred Rogers could tackle any topic brilliantly. I’m sure, unlike me, he wouldn’t have had any trouble coming up with a thoughtful newsletter greeting month after month. There is no doubt that each of his newsletters would have been meaningful and inspirational. I started thinking about where Fred may have found inspiration. Who helped stir and provoke his thoughts? One person who comes to...

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Creation Station

I recently talked with a teacher who was excited about a new learning center that she set up for the children. She called it the “Creation Station” and stocked it with donations from families of recyclable “stuff,” like boxes, egg cartons, packing material, plastic containers, and paper towel tubes. With the addition of things like tape and markers, all the...

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Who Is Talking to Our Children

As with most people and organizations, January starts with a flurry of activities as we strive to achieve our resolutions for the New Year. At the Center, our work has primarily focused on professional development and academics. This year we will begin to take steps to reaching an important audience directly, families. When Fred Rogers founded his production company, he named it Family...

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