In this set of resources, we will focus on how you can help children work on expressing their feelings and ideas, listen to each other and work together to solve a problem or conflict.
Watch the videos about Friendship and think about how you could use them as part of the classroom activity or throughout the year as children work on friendship skills.
Episode: Daniel and Miss Elaina Play Rocketship
Daniel has come to play with Miss Elaina today! They decide to play "outer space," but Miss Elaina gets upset when her cardboard telescope and spaceship accidentally break. Her mother, Lady Elaine, helps the friends see that they can still have fun together, even without the toys – just because they’re friends! They use their imaginations to keep playing, which is just as much fun!×
Clip #1: “Strategy Song: A friend just wants to play with you.”×
Clip #2: See how three friends interact when they play dress-up.×
Use these resources to further explore the topic of Friendship in your classroom.
Share these resources with the families of your students, so they can continue the conversation at home.
Just like Daniel Tiger and Miss Elaina, the children in your classroom are still learning how to be a friend, how to compromise, and how to work together to solve a problem. By seeing how Daniel Tiger and Miss Elaina work out their conflict, children are learning strategies that they can apply to their own friendships. And just as Fred Rogers shared with previous generations, Daniel Tiger shares the message that one of life's greatest joys is the comfortable give-and-take of a good friendship. It's a wonderful feeling not only to have a friend, but to know how to be a friend yourself.