I love this remix of Fred Rogers’ work. What made Mr. Rogers special was his ability to bring deep knowledge about education and child development and learning into the mainstream and make it accessible. He met children with respect and where they were, ready to explore and learn. Encouraging the use of imagination, problem-solving and creativity leads children to learn and grow mentally, and Fred Rogers knew that.
Can you think of shows that are on television today that promote learning, problem-solving, imagination, and creativity? Some that come to my mind are Word Girl, Dora the Explorer, Elmo, and Blues Clues. What about shows that promote healthy and effective social skills, like learning how to get along with others? Arthur from PBS and Franklin the Turtle both do a great job of confronting tough friendship issues. I’m having a harder time coming up with good examples for older kids. Can you think of some?