Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

 
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Excellent lessons from Mister Rogers' next generation.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The series encourages preschoolers to think critically about how to navigate relatable issues like breaking a toy, and each story offers a positive example of one way to cope. Early learning skills like basic numbers and letter sounds are incorporated in a natural way. Each episode's theme is reiterated many times through song and dialogue.

Positive messages

Daniel's experiences remind kids that life is rarely perfect, but with patience and loving guidance from grown-ups, they can learn how to cope with the little tribulations. Strong relationships are a primary emphasis in the stories, and Daniel always leans on friends and family for help when he needs it.

Positive role models

Every character models positive qualities, including loyalty, compassion, and a sense of humor. Adults guide the kids through making decisions and solving problems without discounting how their experiences make them feel.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is produced by The Fred Rogers Company and, aside from being an animated series centered on a young tiger, closely parallels the gentle tone and emphasis on social strategies that have made Mister Rogers' Neighborhood a TV icon. Preschoolers will be drawn to Daniel and his friends, and his experiences will validate the emotions they experience -- such as disappointment, sadness, frustration, and joy -- before demonstrating age-appropriate techniques for dealing with them. The show has strong messages about friendship and family bonds, as well as respect for curiosity, and each story offers opportunities for basic preschool skills like letter sounds and counting. This delightful series is a well-rounded choice for little kids, and parents who have fond memories of Mister Rogers will enjoy revisiting his messages with a new generation of characters.

What's the story?

From The Fred Rogers Company comes DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD, an animated series that invites preschoolers into the friendly hometown of 4-year-old Daniel Tiger (voiced by Jake Beale), a curious, imaginative kid who loves to embark on adventures with his friends O the Owl (Zachary Bloch), Miss Elaina (Addison Holley), Katerina Kittycat (Amariah Faulkner), and Prince Wednesday (Nicholas Kaegi). As Daniel and his pals explore their world, they find things don't always work out according to plan, but each misfortune can be turned into a positive opportunity if they have a positive attitude. Through songs, stories, and make believe, Daniel and his viewers learn the value of friendship and emotional flexibility, which helps them navigate the choppy waters of growing up.

Is it any good?

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This endearing show was inspired by the award-winning Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and its relationship to this iconic kids' series gives parents good reason to tune in with their tots. Kids who are brand new to the Mister Rogers characters will take an immediate shine to this modern animated generation, and moms and dads who cut their teeth on King Friday, X the Owl, and Lady Elaine Fairchilde will delight in the touches of the classics noticeable in those characters' preschool-age kids, nieces, and nephews. And the parallels don't stop there; Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood pays respectful homage to Mister Rogers with its music, its stories, and, of course, its very welcoming host.

And, not content to just look and sound like the original, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood appeals to preschoolers on a level that only animation can, taking the opportunity to teach them important interpersonal and pre-reading skills. Because Daniel speaks directly to his audience, kids feel like they're part of the story from the beginning, and they'll feel his disappointments, share his joys, and learn lessons along with him. Need another reason to love it? Its seamless incorporation of preschool skills like counting and phonics is a good reminder of how easily these can be practiced when you're playing with your kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about relationships. How do Daniel and his friends show their affection for one another? What are your favorite things to do for your friends or your siblings?

  • Kids: What problem did the characters face in this episode? How did it make them feel? How were they able to deal with it? What, if anything, would you have done differently?

  • Parents can use this opportunity to talk about how people rely on each other in a neighborhood or a town. What roles do people play in the town where you live? What would happen if no one did these jobs?

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Educator and Parent Written by8148152 October 25, 2013
 

It seems like a good show, but some of the episodes have had a negative impact on my child.

I really liked this show at first. It seemed to help my speech-delayed four-year-old open up and talk about her feelings. However, she also picked up some things I don't like from this show. In the "I'm Mad" episode, the characters say "I'm mad" and learn how to calm down. The calm down technique does not help my child and we use other methods. Also, my daughter walked around shouting "I'm mad!" both when she seemed mad and when she seemed happy. I really have contentions with the "Flush, Wash, and Be on Your Way" episode. My daughther was perfectly potty trained until she saw this episode. Now she doesn't want to wipe. We had to change the words to "Wipe, Flush, Wash, and Be on Your Way." Little boy tigers may not wipe, but little girl tigers do! In the "Use Your Words" episode, Daniel throws a fit when he's mad and is encouraged to use his words. The problem? After Daniel uses his words, he gets his way even though he threw a small fit. I watched the "Use Your Words" episode with my child and every time he threw a fit, we talked about what happens in our house when you throw fits (you have to go to a special spot until you calm down and DO NOT get what you want.) It's not necessarily a bad show, but they show these three episodes so often that we've had to stop watching it for a while.
Teen, 13 years old Written byWaffleberry January 3, 2014
 

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Is NOT Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood

I watched Mr. Roger's Neighborhood when I was young, and I loved it. It was one of the few kids shows that wasn't animated, and it taught important stuff that young-me had always wondered about. It was quality kid's television programming that I can still go back to, watch, and enjoy. But Daniel Tiger is not anything like the show you may remember from your childhood, if you grew up with Mr. Rogers. It is, more than anything else, an insult to Rogers and his show. The characters are annoying and have absolutely no depth, as well as a serious personality deficiency. There is no real conflict, unless a mild debate over where to hold a picnic counts. And it doesn't. The flimsy morals are shoved in the viewer's face repeatedly, half the time through the most annoying and repetitive songs on the face of the planet. The people behind this show clearly know their target audience is very young children, and they're aiming directly for them with absolutely no consideration for the parents who may be forced to sit through an episode with their toddler. Please, just pass on this horrible Rogers' knockoff, and instead sit your kid down in front of the original Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, which you could probably find with a quick Google search. It will provide them with infinitely better TV than Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood ever could.
Parent of a 3 year old Written bykristinemay November 7, 2012
 

Best PBS show of 2012!

This is a show my 3 1/2 year old son looks forward to everyday. The animation in comparable to Super Why! but geared towards a slightly younger age group. It has helped my son in dealing with certain emotions that he doesn't see often, and has helped him in the area of potty training. There was an episode explaining the importance of stopping what you're doing to use the potty. Since then and while we are at home, he has been voluntarily using the bathroom without being asked and rarely an accident!
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