A new book by Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski explores the legacy and wisdom that Fred Rogers left behind. The book explains the research, conversations, and careful thought that went into each decision about each element of each “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” program. A section titled “What Might You Do?” closes each of the book’s chapters. Suggestions include scheduling undistracted “What now?” time to explore creativity, considering ways to safely and more productively communicate anger, and learning how to be present for children without running roughshod over their agency.
A review of the book on the Early Learning Nation website highlights the key role caring and kindness played in Fred Rogers’ philosophy of child development: “In the vision of kindness espoused by Mister Rogers and celebrated in this book, kindness is considerably more than not bullying. It’s an active, inclusive pursuit—a cornerstone of citizenship. Of course, we all want our children to be nice to their sibling and classmates, but the times demand an expansive definition of neighborhood.”
When You Wonder You’re Learning is an inspiring read for educators who seek to create engaging and enriching learning environments for the children in their care. It is a gentle reminder of our power as adults to lean into the natural curiosity and creativity of children and to support their natural interest in learning and wondering.
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