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Daniel Visits School

Episode: 102a
Air Date: September 3, 2012
Previous Episode: 101b - Daniel's Picnic
Next Episode: 102b - Daniel Visits the Doctor
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Daniel is getting ready to visit his new school but is feeling uneasy. His mom recognizes his feelings and encourages him to talk about his nervousness. Daniel asks a lot of questions about his school and decides to take some of his favorite things with him -- a book, a block, a drum, and his Tigey.

At the school, Daniel is warmly welcomed by Teacher Harriet who encourages Daniel to explore his classroom. Looking around, Daniel finds many things that he likes as he make-believes that everything in the classroom says hello.

Teacher Harriet invites Daniel to help her prepare the classroom by testing the musical instruments, checking out the reading area, and building with blocks. In doing so, Daniel realizes that he does not need the things he brought from home -- except for Tigey.

Together, everyone sings a song about going to school and experiencing new things. Outside the school, Miss Elaina has just arrived with Lady Elaine Fairchilde. Miss Elaina is feeling nervous about school but Daniel lets her know that everything will be okay.


  • "When we do something new, let's talk about what we'll do."


Appearing In This Episode

Live Action Segment

The live action segment following this episode includes a young girl showing off her own classroom.



First aired as a special second episode following the premiere episode of the show on September 3, 2002.

The strategy used in this episode -- "When we do something new, let's talk about what we'll do." -- is the same one used in Episode 406.

This episode is included on the DVDs Tigertastic 50-Pack and Life's Little Lessons.

The book Daniel's First Day of School is loosely based on the storyline from this episode.



Episode Credits

Story by Angela C. Santomero and Becky Friedman
Written by Sheila Dinsmore
Created by Angela C. Santomero
Based on the work of Fred Rogers

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