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Social-emotional development and academic success are much more related than many people think. We often hear talk about the academic curriculum or the social-emotional approach to early education as if these are two separate things. Research tells us that for children to be successful in school, they must be mentally healthy and they must have good interpersonal skills. Emotional development skills include the ability to regulate behavior, to manage feelings, to feel competent in completing tasks, and confident in trying new things.

To help boost these invaluable skills among preschoolers, each episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood consists of two engaging stories that center on a common early learning theme with catchy, musical strategies that reinforce each theme and that preschoolers and adults will both sing – and use! – together in their daily lives.

Going back to school and/or starting school elicit a variety of concerns in young children. Our featured Back to School collection provides teachers with resources (episode clips, articles, and activities) that address specific as well as more general concerns that seem to arise at this time of year.

  • A Visit to School | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

    Daniel Tiger is going to school for the first time and is a little nervous because he doesn’t know what it will be like there. He packs his backpack with his favorite playthings from home – a lot of things! The learning goal of this clip is to help children deal with new experiences.

    Grades: PreK-K
  • Imagination Moment: School | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

    This imaginative musical video clip from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood has everything from musical instruments, art supplies and toys saying "hello" to welcome Daniel Tiger into school for the day.

    Grades: PreK-K
  • Saying Goodbye at School | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

    In this Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood video excerpt, Dad Tiger explains to Daniel Tiger that he must drop Daniel off at school and go to work. Daniel is sad, but Dad reassures him that "grownups come back." Daniel is able to cope with his emotions about the separation and have enjoy his day at school. The learning goal of this clip is to help children deal with separation.

    Grades: PreK-K
  • The Morning Routine | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

    Daniel nearly misses Trolley, but the morning song helps him remember what he needs to do: put on clothes, eat breakfast, brush teeth, put on shoes and go to school! Teach kids the Morning Routine song so that they will not forget the essential steps to get ready for each day.

    Grades: PreK-K
  • When You Have to Go Potty, Stop and Go Right Away! | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

    Daniel and his friends learn that it's important to stop playing and go to the bathroom when you need to!

    Grades: PreK-K
  • Going Away and Coming Back: Strategy Song and Activity | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

    Miss Elaina is sad after her mom drops her off at school, but Daniel Tiger cheers her up by singing "grownups come back" in this Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood video excerpt. In the related activity, "Going Away and Coming Back," Children will discuss feelings about separation and brainstorm ways to deal with these difficult emotions. This activity can help children use play to work on their feelings about when their parents go away and develop a sense of trust that grownups come back. The activity also includes book suggestions about grownups leaving and coming back.

    Grades: PreK-K
  • Sharing Toys Can Be Hard! | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

    Daniel isn't sure about sharing his tigertastic car with Prince Wednesday. Teach kids that sharing and taking turns is important. You can help them become more comfortable with this idea by playing board games with them and reiterating taking turns.

    Grades: PreK-K
  • Pick the Clothes that are Right for You! | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

    In this music video, Daniel and Katerina sing about all kinds of different clothes and how they choose what to wear. By the end of this clip, kids should understand what clothes are appropriate for each season.

    Grades: PreK-K
  • Saying Sorry Isn't Helping! | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

    Daniel gets angry when Miss Elaina is playing too loud. She learns that saying sorry is just the first step. Teach kids that after saying sorry they need to ask how they can help the situation.

    Grades: PreK-K
  • Katerina Finally Tries a New Food | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

    Katerina discovers that she really likes bell peppers! She even tries carrots, but doesn't like them. Teach kids to understand that trying foods is important. After they have tried a new food, they can decide if they like it or not.

    Grades: PreK-K
  • The Block Corner | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

    At his new school, Daniel Tiger helps his teacher by testing the blocks to see if they can successfully build a block tower. By the end of this video clip, Daniel is more confident about his ability to have fun at a new school. The learning goal of this clip is to help children deal with new experiences.

    Grades: PreK-K
  • When We Do Something New: Strategy Song and Activity | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

    Daniel Tiger asks grown-ups to help him understand some new experiences he is about to have. He learns about going to school, going to the doctor and getting a haircut. Working together with grown-ups and asking questions about things that worry him, Daniel feels less scared and more confident about new experiences. The learning goal of this clip is to help children deal with new experiences.

    Grades: PreK-K
  • It's Time for Bed | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

    Daniel chooses one more thing to do before it's time for bed. Remind kids that after a long day of playing, they need to cooperate when it's time for bed.

    Grades: PreK-K
  • Activity: Take Something Along | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

    This activity prompts students to express their emotions when dealing with new experiences and social interactions. 

    Grades: PreK-K,13+
  • Article: Adjusting to Preschool | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

    Learn about how the transition into preschool can be challenging in this article from the Fred Rogers' Company.

    Grades: PreK-K,13+
  • Activity: My First Day | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

    In this Fred Rogers' Company activity, help children express their feelings about experiencing new situations.

    Grades: PreK-K,13+

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