Growth mindset and Daniel Tiger go hand-in-hand. It's probably not that big of a surprise considering that the show was developed by the Fred Rogers Company. Mister Rogers led and paved the way for children's programming to be a social/emotional support for children, and Daniel Tiger is the perfect sequel to continue this legacy.
If you've seen Daniel Tiger, you know that it is an incredible teaching tool -- for both children and their parents or caregivers. And then our children start singing the problem-solving strategy songs, and lo and behold, they actually work!
Here are some of the most powerful teaching tools from Daniel Tiger that encourage growth mindset, problem solving, and more!
Daniel Tiger Songs and Lessons that Teach Growth Mindset
How to turn things around when things go wrong.
At some point, things are bound to go wrong. A child who is developing a growth mindset is able to use these moments as an opportunity to learn from. We want to encourage them to turn their feelings into something positive.
This song helps when we get mad and frustrated when those setbacks happen. The lyrics are empowering as it gives children the knowledge that they can be in control of their feelings:
"You can stop when you want to. And what a feeling to feel like this and know that the feeling is really mine."
When we try something new, we need practice to get better. This lesson is the perfect way to encourage children to stick with it even when it doesn't work at first.
Try to fix the problem yourself.
This song encourages children to become problem solvers. They don't have to wait for someone to come fix it for them. Children have the tools to figure out how to take initiative!
It's OK to make mistakes.
Everyone makes mistakes. That's part of how we learn. This Daniel Tiger song encourages children how to fix those mistakes and to keep moving forward.
Find the positive when you don't get what you want.
Sometimes we become disappointed when we don't get what we want. This lesson helps encourages children to turn it around and find the positive.
You're big enough to think of what to do.
When there's a problem that needs to be solved, children learn to include adults in their decision making. But then there comes a time that they can do it themselves. And this song is perfect to help them be confident problem solvers.