The Power of Puppet Play – It’s not just Make-Believe

The new Mister Rogers sculpture that was recently unveiled at Rollins College is a remarkably fit tribute to Fred. I was delighted to see that the sculptor Paul Day decided to depict Fred with his Daniel puppet talking with children. He really understood that the essence of Fred’s work was about communicating with children and how much Fred learned about...

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Memory, Truth, and Wishes

Recent conversations in our Educators’ Neighborhood community have invited layers of stories about what children are processing right now in their talk, play, artwork, wondering, worries, dreams, and wishes. Conversations also reveal what adults (families, educators, neighbors) are processing about their own ways of seeing, understanding, and talking about the world, and how educators are doing their best listen to...

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Don’t Forget The Fun

In the midst of all we’ve been going through in this pandemic time, I’ve thought about something that Helen Ross, a noted children and family mental health specialist, told Fred. As he was working on Neighborhood scripts which often dealt with serious childhood concerns like feeling jealous, angry or afraid, she reminded him, "Don't forget the fun." What great advice...

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As You Are

I like you as you are Exactly and precisely I think you turned out nicely And I like you as you are (from “I Like You As You Are”) “I like you as you are” is one of the most salient messages educators name in discussions about how Fred Rogers’ work resonates with their practice. It’s a message their students need to hear. It’s a...

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