By far, Mr. S.'s favorite show is Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood on PBS KIDS and to be honest, I'm a big fan too. Each episode features two segments of Daniel (the son of Daniel Tiger from the iconic Mr. Roger's Neighborhood) and his family and friends learning social lessons about life and getting along with others. There is an original tune in each episode that sums up the lesson for the day (the show about sharing featured a very short song that simply sang, "You can take a turn, and then I'll get it back.") that we often sing to Mr. S. when he is struggling with something.
In fact, the show has been so helpful in teaching Mr. S. different life lessons that I often joke I want the producers to set up a suggestion box so I can request specific topics. Well my wish has been granted with the newest episode that premieres on Monday, November 19. In Be a Vegetable Taster! and Daniel Tries a New Food the subject of picky eaters is tackled (just in time for Thanksgiving!). I can't wait for Mr. S. to watch (and I can't wait until dinnertime so I can sing to him!).
The episode that will show on Thanksgiving Day (photos shown) discusses being thankful, also a great message for little ones.
Summaries of both episodes are listed below. What show is your child's favorite?
Be a Vegetable Taster! Teacher Harriet introduces Daniel and his friends to the school's vegetable garden and convinces them to pick out some healthy veggies for their snack. They explore the garden, picking and trying different vegetables...with mixed results!
Daniel Tries a New Food Miss Elaina is having dinner with the Tiger family and she encourages Daniel to try some new food: Veggie Spaghetti and Banana Swirl. Daniel is convinced he won't like Veggie Spaghetti, even though he's never tried it before. Miss Elaina encourages him to be adventurous and try the new food. She does the same herself, and even though she doesn't like all of it, she's proud of herself for trying.
Thank You, Grandpere Tiger! Grandpere Tiger comes to visit, but is only in town for a short while. Daniel is sad that Grandpere can't come to the special Thank You Day celebration later that day. Daniel learns to be thankful for the time they DO have together, and is then surprised when Grandpere appears at the celebration after all!
Neighborhood Thank You Day The neighborhood celebrates Thank You Day by putting notes in the Thank You Tree. Daniel has trouble deciding what to put in his note. Then, when a gust of wind blows the notes off of the tree, Mr. McFeely saves the day by catching and delivering everybody's thank you notes!