|THE NEIGHBORHOOD ARCHIVE - All Things Mister Rogers|
I Am, I Can, I Will (Audiocassettes)
Copyright © 1979 Family Communications, Inc.
From a 1983 FCI product order form: "Mister Rogers talks and sings about individual strengths and weaknesses and encourages children to explore all that they are. Cassettes average 12 minutes in length."
Includes a 30-page "Suggestions For Use" booklet.
A Message From Fred Rogers
Family Communications, Inc. was formed to be the nonprofit production agency for our national public television series, MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD. Through this series of programs we have tried to make television a source of useful entertainment for young children and an aid to parents and others in helping their children grow. As a company, we specialize in communications that are meant to support personal development at all ages; however, all our work stems from a primary concern with the well-being of young children and their relationships to their families and other caregivers. Strong, healthy relationships during a child's early years are, we believe, the most important determinants of how strong and healthy a child will become in adolescence, maturity, and old age.
Few adult-child relationships are as important as the teacher-child relationship. In this relationship, a child will take his or her first steps in discovering that other adults in addition to parents can be trusted. With a teacher, a child can learn that there are others sympathetic to his or her hopeful strivings and feelings of vulnerability. A teacher can help children understand the demands which group life may place upon them and how they may become active citizens of the group. And children can learn, with a teacher's caring, to reach beyond the home-bound pleasures of toddlerhood to the wider horizons of classroom play and learning.
How difficult it is to understand the deep interconnections among the personal, social, and cognitive aspects of a child's growth! Perhaps most difficult of all is the nurturance of a child's self-esteem: that which gives children's social an cognitive learning real meaning. The effort is worthwhile! Teachers who place the nurturance of self-esteem at the center of their learning role most often reap the reward of seeing children grow and learn in very healthy ways.
Almost every early learning experience gives the opportunity for a child to gain self-esteem. Children grow in confidence when their curiosity is encouraged and their efforts to explore and discover are supported. They grow in self-respect when they have the chance to create their own play materials and when they are given the chance to experience the depth of their concentration and imagination. Their sense of self is enriched when they are encouraged to make up their own stories and plays and when they are given the freedom to express their inner concerns and to work on mastering them. Each taste of success, each experience of discovery, every toy made independently, every story spun from his or her own ideas, contributes to a child's feeling of being a capable person.
In short, self-esteem flourishes in partnership with an adult who is interested in a child's inner world. A teacher can do so much to help children understand and manage the feelings of that inner world. Most of all, a teacher, as an accepting and welcoming adult friend, can help children know that each one of them is a valuable person. This, in turn, helps children see themselves as learners and take pleasure in what they can become.
The materials in the I AM, I CAN, I WILL series are intended only to help teachers in their work with children. They are not substitutes for that work. We hope that teachers will find them useful resources and will invent many different ways to use them. The materials and the Suggestions for Use that go with them are only starting points.
You know the needs of the children in your care better than we who are not personally with you ever could; consequently, your relationship with them is much more important than ours can be. We hope that I AM, I CAN, I WILL becomes a very helpful resource to you. Your children's most valuable resource remains, of course, you, yourself.
- Fred Rogers
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