PBS Kids will release the latest collection of episodes from its hit series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood later this month. It’s A Beautiful Day in The Neighborhood is an aptly titled release as it is such a great new collection. The central reason that it is such a joy is the collection of lessons incorporated into each of its eight episodes. From its opening lesson on getting outside and getting active to its lesson on healthy eating to a lesson about responsibility and making things right when one makes mistakes and more, the lessons incorporated into these episodes make them a wonderful watch for audiences of all ages. Another reason that it shines so brightly is the fact that the episodes are run in chronological order once again as with previous collections and with the series itself. Last but not least worth noting is the material added onto the collection as bonus material. The printable coloring pages and activities that have been included with previous collections are present here. There are also a couple of bonus music videos performed by the trio Voodoo Highway Music & Post. One of the videos and its song drives home the lesson centered on self-confidence. The other sees the trio performing the show’s theme song. All three elements together show fully why Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: It’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood is yet another welcome addition to any family’s personal DVD library.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: It’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood offers plenty of reason for any family to add it to their personal home DVD library. The central reason that it is so worth the purchase is the collection of lessons incorporated into each of its episodes. Being that summer is now right around the corner, many of the lessons the lead off lessons centered on getting outside and exploring nature is a fitting way to lead off the collection. These lessons are taught as Daniel and his friend O The Owl go outside with O’s uncle X The Owl for a walk in “Daniel Explores Nature” and “Daniel’s Nature Walk.” X teaches the boys about appreciating all that nature has to offer in these episodes and that even if there’s a little sprinkle it doesn’t necessarily mean that one has to go indoors. The boys (and in turn audiences) learn about all the different plants and animals in nature in the collection’s lead off episodes. This will hopefully get young audiences encouraged to go outside themselves and learn about all the joys that nature has to offer. By connection, going outside also promotes getting active which is just as important for young viewers to learn if not more so. On a similar note, the pairing of “Fruit Picking Day” and “A Trip To The Enchanted Garden” teach young viewers about healthy eating by showing just some of the great tasting healthy foods there are out there. If that isn’t enough for audiences (especially parents and teachers), there is also a lesson about being responsible for one’s actions and making things right when one has made a mistake. The lesson includes a sub-lesson of sorts that teaches young viewers about taking things that aren’t theirs without asking. Yet again, here is another reason that this collection should be in every family’s home and maybe even every pre-school and kindergarten classroom. It’s not the last reason that it should be included in both settings, either. There is also a lesson that teaches young viewers about the importance of cleaning up and another centered on safety at the beach (again just in time for summer). Regardless of which lesson(s) one chooses, every viewer will agree that every one of the lessons featured in this collection make it well worth the purchase and the watch.
The lessons that are presented throughout the course of PBS Kids’ new Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood collection are central to its success. That should be crystal clear by now. They make up just one reason that every home and every pre-k and kindergarten classroom should have this collection. Another reason that it proves itself well worth the purchase and the watch is the fact that the lessons are presented in a clear and concise fashion. More simply put the episodes that teach each of the lessons are presented together once again just as with previous collections from the series. It also mirrors the way that the lessons are presented in the series, too. This is a direct throwback to the way the lessons were taught in Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood so many years ago. Keeping the episodes in question in chronological order as it were means keeping young viewers’ fully engaged. Had the episodes jumped around then the lessons incorporated into said episodes wouldn’t have been driven home as well if at all. But in keeping each episode paired, it ensures the lessons are driven home. It is one more way in which the people at PBS and PBS Kids have succeeded once again with this latest collection and even more reason for parents and teachers alike to add this set to their home and classroom collections respectively.
The lessons incorporated into the new collection of episodes from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and the clear connection of the episodes to drive home the lessons are both key in their own way in making the collection enjoyable. Having noted the most important of the disc’s elements there is still one more element to note that makes it so enjoyable. That last element is the material included as bonus material. Included with this collection are all of the bonus printable coloring pages that were included with the series’ previous DVD collections. The bonus activity “All Aboard” is included once again, too. The coloring pages feature Daniel and his friends by themselves and together on board Trolley. Speaking of Trolley, the bonus activity “All Aboard” gives young viewers the chance once again to “buy” their own imaginary tickets and ride their own make believe trolley. Along the way, the activity teaches those same viewers about taking turns. Those families and teachers that might not have the series’ previous DVDs will most appreciate that these same bonuses have been included once again. That is because it keeps them on the same page as viewers that do have the noted collections. The music videos included with this collection are the new additions. The videos present the series’ theme song and another piece that teaches young viewers about self-confidence. The songs in both pieces are performed by Voodoo Music & Post. The second of the songs is especially important as it can be used as part of an invaluable discussion on self-worth especially in an age when it seems like bullying is still at near epidemic levels in this country. It is one more important way in which Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: It’s a Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood shines, proving itself a must have whether in the classroom or the living room.
PBS Kids’ new collection of episodes from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is yet another must have whether in the classroom or the living room. Its lessons and their organization are both important in their own way to the enjoyment and success of this latest collection. The bonus material included with the disc is just as important to the presentation in whole. All three elements considered together, they prove once again the collection’s value regardless of the setting in which it is used. It will be available Tuesday, May 26th on DVD and can be ordered online direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=60958536&cp=&sr=1&kw=daniel+tigers+neighborhood&origkw=daniel+tiger%27s+neighborhood&parentPage=search. More information on Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is available online along with more episodes and games at:
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