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At the Fred Rogers Institute, we love the opportunity to share what we learn from the life and legacy of Fred Rogers. Our resources are developed from research into our Archive, and are created to ask new questions and continue to bring Fred’s work into our lives today with children. Take a look around, there is something for everyone!

                     

The Power of "I Don't Know"

The Power of "I Don't Know"

The importance of wonder and asking questions is nothing new to educators. Early Childhood educators especially, know how to allow opportunities for children's "why?" and "how?" and "hmm..." and "oh, my!"

Math You Can Count On

Math You Can Count On

I wonder how you felt about math when you were in school? I have heard many early childhood professionals say math was not their favorite subject. I actually liked math, but even now I can remember how it felt when we were faced with long division problems with a remainder...

MUSIC - It's More than Meets the Ear

MUSIC - It's More than Meets the Ear

September 2023: A gazillion times! Is that how many times you've sung Itsy, Bitsy Spider and Wheels on the Bus? I know it's not easy to keep finding the energy and enthusiasm to sing the same songs over and over again, but I hope you know how much you're giving children when you do.

EN Newsletter November 2023

EN Newsletter November 2023

We are a few months into our 2023-24 year of Educators' Neighborhood, and we are overjoyed by the excitement that this year's cohort brings to our ever-growing educator community.

Frankie the Otter: An Interactive Educator Resource

When Someone a Child Loves gets Divorced or Separated

When Someone a Child Loves gets Divorced or Separated

A guide from the Fred Rogers Institute for supporting children through divorce and separation.

Beechwood Kindergarteners Learn with Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Beechwood Kindergarteners Learn with Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

"After 30 years of teaching, I never would have thought I'd be showing Mister Rogers' Neighborhood to my students," says Kathy Brown, a Kindergarten teacher at Pittsburgh Beechwood preK-5, in Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Just Give It A Try

Just Give It A Try

May 2023: I've heard elementary school teachers say that one of the most important qualities that children need to succeed in school is the willingness to take risks. They're talking about "safe risks," like the willingness to offer ideas in class discussions, ask questions, try new things, or tackle problems ...

Beautiful Gifts

Beautiful Gifts

School year 2020-21 was a year of wide-ranging and significant everything. Full of layered emotions and experiences existing between the ever-collapsing dichotomies of together-alone, 2D-3D, right-wrong, real-unreal, then-now, time-no time, nowhere-here.

The Simple Spiral of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

The Simple Spiral of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

The beauty and strength of a design emerge in the simplicity of its form. "Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away" (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Airman's Odyssey, 1942).

Family Engagement: For Families

Family Engagement: For Families

A guide for families in establishing relationships with the educators, caregivers, and other helpers in a child's life. From the Fred Rogers Institute and the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

Fred Rogers Institute Newsletter: March 2024

Fred Rogers Institute Newsletter: March 2024

The Fred Rogers Institute is bustling with activity. This coming month is jam-packed with in-person and virtual events that cater to a wide range of interests and age groups, honoring the legacy of Fred Rogers. From educational webinars and community outreach initiatives to celebratory events like ...

The Way It's Supposed To Be

The Way It's Supposed To Be

"That I might do things differently, and that's the way it's supposed to be." The voice is coming from one of the Pre-Primary teachers in the center where I worked as an administrator at the time. It is September of 2020 and we have just finished our weekly Zoom share ...

Sometimes Change Can Be Good

Sometimes Change Can Be Good

Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher stated, "Change is the only constant in life." While this may be true, it does not make the process of change any easier. I, like many others, thrive on consistency, routine, and knowing the expected. ...

Encouraging Curiosity

Encouraging Curiosity

February 2023: Much as I don't like the cold February weather here in Pittsburgh, one evening I found myself looking at a wintry scene with new eyes, thanks to Fred Rogers. As I was walking to my car in the parking lot, I noticed that the snow was especially beautiful. It was sparkling like diamonds.

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