Feeding the Fish–A Special Kind of Daily Routine

We all know how important daily routines are in child care. But I’ve come to find out that some routines have a special significance for children. Knowing the value of routines, Fred filled his Neighborhood program with so many of them – from the opening, coming through the door with his song, followed by his sweater and sneakers routine, introducing Make-Believe...

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Staying Connected June 2016

After a six-month search, the Fred Rogers Center is happy to announce the newest addition to our organization, Jeremy Boyle, M.F.A.  In his new position, as Assistant Professor of Learning, Media and Design, Jeremy will lead the Center in creating new initiatives on technology use in early childhood settings. Jeremy recently was resident artist at Carnegie Mellon University’s Community Robotics,...

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Inspiring Us to Be Playful with Art

I just came back from the Professional Development Institute of NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). What a great place to learn new ideas, have some “old” ideas confirmed, and connect with new friends and old friends! And sometimes, if you’re lucky, you come away from a session being so inspired by someone that you want to...

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Plant One Seed — Grow Two Lessons

Welcome, springtime! It’s the “growing season” and a time when many teachers help children grow plants from seeds. That’s a great science lesson because children can see what a plant needs to grow – soil, water, light. But I’ve learned from Fred that there’s another lesson here, too, one that’s harder to see and harder to learn. That’s the lesson about...

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Staying Connected April 2016

Spring has finally arrived in Latrobe, which puts a smile on my face and at the same time makes me realize how quickly the year is moving. Our Simple Interactions initiative is continuing to expand through collaborations with the Child Life Department at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh as well as Allies for Children, who is working with the city of...

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Slowing Down

Whenever I show video clips from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood at a professional development workshop, I often ask, “What messages did you hear in it?” Usually teachers talk about “what” Fred said or did. But recently a teacher talked about “how” Fred said and did things. What struck her was his slow pace, how comforting and comfortable it was -- and how...

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Staying Connected February 2016

There has been much talk lately about the issue of the digital divide and equity. Recently, The New York Times published an article,  Bridging a Digital Divide That Leaves Schoolchildren Behind, about how some school children are being left behind due to their lack of access to internet at home, which is needed to complete assignments. Kids are forced to stand outside...

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