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        Persistence | Daniel Tiger: Life's Little Lessons

        An important part of being persistent is learning from mistakes. When trying is not enough and things don’t turn out in the way they’d hoped, we can encourage children to look more closely to see what they could do better. Who can help? Where might they find some answers? With that help, they can try again.

        In this set of resources, we will use video and a song from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood to focus on how you can help children learn that being persistent is worthwhile; and when we keep on trying we are more likely to succeed. When we don't succeed, we can learn from our mistakes.

        Watch the videos about Persistence and think about how you could use them as part of the classroom activity or throughout the year whenever children need help or inspiration to keep on trying.

        Explore the topic of Persistence in your classroom using the Teacher Tips and Classroom Activity.

        Share the Family Activity document with the families of your students, so they can continue the conversation at home.

        Find more videos and activities from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood in our collection!

        O Builds a Tower | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

        In the block corner at school, O the Owl is determined to use all of the blocks to build the tallest tower in the world. When the blocks keep falling, O feels ready to give up, but Teacher Harriet and his friends encourage him to keep trying and finally he succeeds!

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        Keep Trying, You'll Get Better!

        There are so many ways that practice makes you better, but you have to keep trying! Remind kids to not give up on their first attempt. Practice, patience, and persistence often helps them reach the results they are looking for.

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        Try, Try, Try!

        Practice helps you get better -- whether you're zipping your coat, planting a garden, or peeling a banana. Remind kids that practicing difficult tasks will help them get better.

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        Teacher Tips: Persistence | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

        Use these resources to further explore the topic of "Persistence" in your classroom. Just as Teacher Harriet supported O, you can use the following suggestions to support your interactions with children who seem to give up too easily.

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        Classroom Activity: It Takes Practice | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

        Self-confidence comes with success — by trying and practicing and getting better. By using this activity and strategy song from Daniel Tiger, you can help children think about trying harder when they’re ready to give up.

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        Family Activity: Persistence | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

        Share these resources with the families of your students, so they can continue the conversation at home! Available in both English and Spanish.

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