It was 1968 when Fred introduced us to his song, “What Do You Do with the Mad that You Feel.” That was over fifty years ago, and the messages of that song are as needed today as ever.
Fred knew how important it is to help children learn to deal with their angry feelings. But in his song he wasn’t saying, “Don’t be mad.” He was giving us a different message. He was telling us that anger is natural and normal. It’s part of being human.
Plant One Seed - Grow Two Lessons
May 2022: Welcome to springtime - the "growing season!" Many teachers are using this time of year to offer a science lesson about "growing" by planting seeds. It's a great way to help children see first-hand what a seed needs in order to grow into a plant - soil, water, light.
April 2022: Whenever I show video clips from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood at a professional development workshop, I often ask, "What messages did you hear in it?" Usually teachers talk about "what" Fred said or did. But I remember a teacher who told me she found a lot to learn from "how" Fred said and did things.
March 2022: I've always thought of the March newsletter as special because March 20 was Fred's birthday. Over the years, we've even celebrated Fred's birthday on March 20 in a special way - by wearing a sweater - and doing something neighborly. Maybe you'd like to join in that tradition too.