The Wisdom of Mister Rogers – Part 3

In Part 2, I shared some of Mister Rogers’ words of wisdom from my treasured book, The World According to Mister Rogers.  Important Things to Remember.  I also included the words to one of Mister Rogers’ best songs, “It’s You I Like.”

Part 3
I will have the good fortune to attend the Massachusetts chapter of NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) annual early childhood teacher conference later this month.  The keynote speaker is the head of the Fred Rogers Foundation.  He was prominent in the outstanding documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” (available on Netflix.  Highly recommended.)  I am beyond excited!

Mister Rogers’ words of wisdom (I call them pearls) are among the best.  I share with you some of my favorites from my book:

No matter how we change on the outside, we’re still the same on the inside.

The gifts we treasure most over the years are often small and simple.  In easy times and in tough times, what seems to matter the most is the way we show those nearest to us that we’ve been listening to their needs, to their joys, and to their challenges.

You bring all you ever were and are to any relationship you have today.

How great it is when we come to know that times of disappointment can be followed by times of fulfillment; that sorrow can be followed by joy; that guilt over falling short of our ideals can be replaced by pride in doing all that we can; and that anger can be channeled into creative achievements…and into dreams that we can make come true.

Development comes from within.  Nature does not hurry but advances slowly.

More and more I’ve come to understand that listening is one of the most important things we can do for one another.  Whether the other be an adult or a child, our engagement in listening to who that person is can often be our greatest gift.  Whether that person is speaking or playing or dancing, building or singing or painting, if we care, we can listen.

Play does seem to open up another part of the mind that is always there, but that, since childhood, may have become closed off and hard to reach.  When we treat children’s play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that’s to be found in the creative spirit.  We’re helping ourselves  stay in touch with that spirit, too.  It’s the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.

These pearls of wisdom are far beyond childhood.  They are life lessons.

Our dear classroom friend, Travis, comes in with his guitar and sings with the children.  The children adore him.  And, the first song he always sings is, “It’s You I Like.”  Children need to hear this over and over again.  Mister Rogers knew that.  Thank you, Travis.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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40 Responses to The Wisdom of Mister Rogers – Part 3

  1. Darlene says:

    What a perfect rendition of Mr. Roger´s song.

  2. beetleypete says:

    Great quotes from Mr Rogers. And well done to Travis, for going to sing to the children. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Ritu says:

    How wonderful 😍

  4. How Lovely! Mr. Rogers was a loving, sweet soul. Thank you for sharing! ❤

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  6. L. Marie says:

    Great post and song! Mr. Rogers was a great man.
    It was fun to hear the children say, “I know that song,” and to watch their enjoyment of Travis’s singing.

  7. Dan Antion says:

    Your classroom is rich with love and consideration and listening – it sounds wonderful.

    I really like: “You bring all you ever were and are to any relationship you have today.”

  8. I love all those pearls of wisdom. It’s wonderful to see a man with a kind and gentle nature. That’s a lesson for the children too.

  9. Mireya says:

    What a post! …the people who help us play well I hope to inspire that. It’s in playing that we become artists and we need to be to fulfill our worldly talents and serve as we are destined to.

  10. Thanks for the wonderful post, Jennie. Mr. Rogers was amazing and so full of kindness and wisdom. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Travis held them in the palm of his hand…Mr. Rogers spoke his message through him and the kiddos never tire of hearing it!
    Nice to watch this evening…wasn’t Travis a former student? Or am I mixing him up with another former student who comes into the classroom as a ‘grown-up’?
    Congrats on getting to go to that conference!

    • Jennie says:

      You absolutely ‘got it’ about Travis, Laura!! No, he was not a former student, although I have many former students come in. Thanks on the conference.🙂

  12. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, thank you for continuing this wonderful series!

  13. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    Here is part 3 of Jennie’s wonderful series on the Wisdom of Mr. Rogers!

  14. Having someone like Mr. Travis is great, and the quotes of Mr. Rogers are one of the best i ever heared. Its real enthusiasm for teaching in them. Thank you very miuch for this third part Jennie, and have a beautiful, sunny weekend! Michael

  15. ren says:

    So very fantastical, the joys you attract into your world. Yes indeed, his words are simple life lessons, when we live from our hearts. Thank you for this share, Jennie.

  16. Mr Roger’s pearls of wisdom are great. I particularly like this one: Development comes from within. Nature does not hurry but advances slowly.

  17. dgkaye says:

    Standard life lessons never change Jennie. Beautiful share. ❤

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