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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A Musical Holiday Gift

With the approaching holidays, I’ve been thinking about some of the gifts that Fred has given us over the years. His messages were about things that were important to young children, but they were also important to Fred personally -- appreciating others, connecting with family and friends, and enjoying music. And I remembered a Neighborhood program when those messages came...

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Staying Connected November 2016

The roots of Thanksgiving are based on the celebration of a bountiful harvest. Although most families don’t farm anymore, they do harvest --  figuratively. We do our best to nourish and care for our children. We worry about them, rejoice in their achievements, and with a little bit of luck, our children become confident, competent, and caring human beings.  I...

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