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THE NEIGHBORHOOD ARCHIVE - All Things Mister Rogers

Grow and Learn: Growing & Changing

 

WRITTEN BY: Roberta Schomburg Ph.D., Hedda Bluestone Sharapan
PUBLISHED: 1999
PUBLISHER: Macmillan / McGraw-Hill
ISBN: 0021976856

Editorial Consultants: Cathy Cohen Droz, Elaine Lynch, Aisha White
Editor: Joellyn Thrall Cicciarelli
Illustrator: Ben Mahan
Designer: Moonhee Pak
Project Director: Carolea Williams

Copyright © 1999 by Family Communications, Inc.


Description

For decades, Mister Rogers has been a television friend to young children, helping them grow both "inside and out" as they learn along withi him every day. Alike & Different brings to you his deep understanding of children and how they grow, and features practical, hands-on activities for your classroom.

Just look inside Alike & Different -- there is so much to do! Children learn that things are alike and different as they experiment with high and low sounds, sing quickly and slowly, and compare foods. Children learn to appreciate the similarities and differences in people as they compare shoes and feet, create self-portraits, and discuss physical challenges. And, to make learning about the concepts of alike and different even more meaningful, children play games in which they match, make predictions about, and play with objects that are alike and different.

As a teacher, you have many ways to help children learn about their world. Now, with these ideas from Mister Rogers and Alike & Different, you will have a wonderful resource to support you in this important work.


A Letter From Fred Rogers

Dear Neighbor,

Most of us remember how long the summers used tos eem and how long it was from birthday to birthday. When we were five, it seemed we'd never get to be ten. And at ten, it seemed it would be forever until we were twenty. So often, it is only by helping children look back at where they have been, that they can see they are growing at all.

And they're growing in so many ways! There are outward signs that we can help cildren notice, like clothes that get outgrown and pencil marks on a doorjamb that move up as children get taller. We can also remind them of things they've learned to do that they wouldn't have been able to do a month or a year before, such as tying a shoe or riding a tricycle.

But while that kind of growing brings a great deal of satisfaction to children and their teachers and caregivers, it's their inside growth we particularly need to help them appreciate. Growing on the inside are the words I use when I talk with children about such things as learning to wait, learning to keep on trying, being able to talk about feelings, and being able to express those feelings in constructive ways. When you applaud "inside growing," you may be helping children feel even more proud than when you move that line on the doorjamb up another inch.

Fred Rogers

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