Entering the Neighborhood, a new year
How do you create connection through a screen? What ways can you use your face and body to communicate "expressions of care"?
You are the only person who is exactly like you. So in a way, you've already won in this world, because you're the only one who can be you. The things you do are always just a little bit different than anybody else, and that's the way it's supposed to be.
-Mister Rogers (Episode #1481)
When implementing Mister Rogers' Neighborhood into your classroom setting, always start with episode #1481, when Mister Rogers visits the Crayola Crayon Factory. Why? It captivates them. Usually, I refrain from saying a word, but distance learning is posing a different challenge. Keep them engaged, give them a focus and build their stamina. Each child has a connection to color crayons, as they are part of early childhood. There is nothing quite like a box of sharp, new crayons! Even the smell is sensational!
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Today, I watched them fall in love with the Neighborhood, because I love it.
Fred Rogers learned from his mentor that "Attitudes are caught, not taught."
Whatever you love, love it in front of children. You don't need to be an expert, just present, open, and responsive. Do you garden? Bake? Sew? Sing? Run? What do you love to do? What did someone love in front of you, than you can give back in appreciation?
Curiosity and wonder........
Did you know? Did you know?
Did you know when you wonder you're learning?
Did you know when you marvel you're learning?
About all kinds of wonderful,
About all kinds of marvelous,
Marvelously wonderful things?
Fred Rogers, 1979