How I Use It
The Mister Rogers' Neighborhood website presents the calm, emotionally-friendly content we've come to expect in an online format. This site would work well as a center activity if your students are independent enough to manipulate and navigate the screen. If not, 1:1 instruction may be necessary. This site also works well at the beginning of content exploration, as the video library is a rich resource for young viewers. The theme of exploration is a key element of the site. Users get to take a walk through Mister Rogers' house and play assorted games along the way. Extension activities also offer learning opportunities offline through art construction and recipes.
The site is divided into four menus: games, songs, videos and coloring pages. One of the key features that is helpful for this particular site is the level of support that parents and teachers receive from PBS. A separate support portal specifically geared toward educators helps separate content into themes, providing activity suggestions and helpful videos of Mister Rogers. While there are a limited numbers of games, the younger set still enjoy the repetitive nature of the surprises along the way.