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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Neighborly Ways to Celebrate

I’ve always thought of the March newsletter as special because March 20 was Fred’s birthday. This year, because it’s the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on PBS, the U.S. Post Office is making his birthday even more memorable by releasing a Commemorative Forever postage stamp featuring a portrait of Fred in his signature red sweater with his royal puppet,...

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David Bianculli: Celebrating ‘Mister Rogers’ Neigborhood’ 50 Years Later

There may not be a better neighbor than Fred Rogers. The beloved Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, famous for its host changing out of his coat and shoes and putting on a comfy sweater and slippers, celebrates its 50th anniversary on February 19. In an era when much of children’s TV was manic, derivative or cartoonishly violent, Rogers stood out like a calm,...

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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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Staying Connected December 2016

I received a holiday card the other day that said “From our family to yours, we wish you … joy!” At first I was taken by the image on the card which was very funny; the person who created the card is a brilliant artist. But then I was struck by “we wish you joy.”  That small three letter word conveys...

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Thinking Outside the Box — Thanks to Eric Carle

At this gift-giving time of the year, we usually think about presents that come in a box. But for this newsletter, I wanted to give you a "gift" of one of our favorite Neighborhood videos that has a great example of thinking "outside the box."  It's Fred's visit with author-illustrator Eric Carle, who has given us such wonderful books as The...

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Staying Connected: November 2015

I just got off of a call with Dr. Chip Donohue of the TEC Center at Erikson Institute, and Dr. Kathleen Paciga, our Early Career Research Fellow, regarding progress on our report on digital media and social emotional development. Though we are still early in the stages, I can see that this report is more relevant than ever as we...

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