Am I Using Technology Too Much?

Yes, I use plenty of technology every day, and chances are, so do you. Whether or not we want to admit it, technology is embedded in our lives in every way. We use it to communicate, drive, shop, educate, and, most importantly, to connect with each other. And those of us of a certain age probably use technology way more...

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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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Beyond the Sweater and Sneakers

The first things most people think of when Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is mentioned are the red sweater, the sneakers, the puppets, and the trolley. What a nice feeling of nostalgia. What a nice memory of the hours spent visiting our television neighbor. What a nice sense of comfort. However, for a student who has studied Fred Rogers, accepting this feeling of...

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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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Neighborhood Music Visits Program Helps Children Learn About the Power of Music

Paige Krempasky of Belle Vernon blew into the mouthpiece of her euphonium while more than a dozen preschoolers took turns pressing its valves. As they gained confidence exploring the large brass instrument, the Westmoreland Community Action Head Start students created an increasingly complex string of notes. “You kind of played a song,” Krempasky told her excited young audience at the Westmoreland...

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