Pittsburgh Authors Share Classes From Mr. Rogers Present For Dad and mom In New E-book – CBS Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It was Mr. Rogers ‘birthday on Saturday, and his legacy lives on in a book called “If You Wonder, Learn: Mr. Rogers’ Enduring Lessons for Raising Creative, Curious, and Caring Children”.
Pittsburgh writers Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski share the science behind the Mister Rogers show and the lessons for parents, teachers, and caregivers.
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We all know the iconic opening of the Mister Rogers Show, but most don’t know that everything on the show was on purpose. For example, the sweater, slippers, and flashing yellow lights in the opening scene should tell the kids that it’s time to slow down and relax.
Behr, Executive Director of the Grable Foundation, said, “There are people throughout the Pittsburgh area who are essentially the Fred Method, and we want to tell their story in the context of something so familiar to Fred Rogers.”
Behr and Rydzewski, a former teacher, share three lessons from the book.
The first is to stimulate curiosity by engaging with questions from children even when you don’t have answers.
“Children are naturally curious,” said Rydzewski. “It is our job to let them (curious), trust them, be curious and create the conditions around them so that they can indulge in the questions and passions and interest that they naturally have.”
Places around Pittsburgh stimulate curiosity, including the Carnegie Science Center, the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, the Museum Lab, and the Manchester Craftsman’s Guild. And at home, parents can create an “Ask It Basket” in which children write down questions and you can take time later to find the answers.
The second lesson is to find and build environments that support creativity.
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“It’s about realizing that learning takes place everywhere. It can happen in every corner of the household. But it can also happen that we dare to go to the grocery store or to the bank, ”said Behr.
Rogers intentionally used blue walls, wood, and sunlight on his set – all scientifically proven to encourage creativity. Whether it’s creating a mini maker space in our homes or exploring new places, the environment is important to creativity.
The third lesson should be present. It’s more important than anything else.
“That doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to have good advice. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you always have to shave to be able to say the right thing, ”said Rydzewski. “It just means that being there for someone is one of the greatest gifts we can give to someone else.”
Behr and Rydzewski suggest that parents schedule time for children and listen to them sincerely. This is one of the best ways to spread the lesson from Mr. Rogers that every child is special.
One way to set aside time is to create “Saturday Experiments” when you find something new to do or a place to explore every Saturday.
Beyond these three lessons, there are many more lessons to be learned from the book that is on sale now and due out April 20th.
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Click here to learn more about the places where kids can get curious and creative.