peter rabbit's curriculum

Find out about the skills your child will be learning while watching the show

It's more than just a show for preschoolers about a clever rabbit and his colorful coterie of family, friends, and foes, Peter Rabbit imparts a structure of interpersonal and social skills that informs every show. Read more about what your children will learn while watching this all-new series.
All parents want their children to be optimistic and resilient. Those children eagerly seek out challenges and they persevere when there are setbacks. Peter Rabbit is a new series for preschoolers that encourages skills related to optimism and resilience. In every story, a fearless Peter sets out on a new adventure...and inevitably encounters obstacles and/or roadblocks along the way. It is through Peter's reactions to these obstacles that the skills related to optimism and resilience are modeled.

Primary Learning Goals

Every Peter Rabbit story models behaviors that demonstrate a strong belief in one's own competence to complete tasks and goals.

On Peter Rabbit, Peter is fearless and confident, and believes, no matter what the adventure or obstacle, he (and his friends) can achieve their goal or surmount their difficulties. Peter voices this belief in every story--often when another member of the group expresses doubt--to make the message of competence explicit.

Each story also models some aspect of problem solving, interpersonal skills or positive reframing.

Problem Solving

  • Optimistic children have developed strong problem-solving skills. Problems solving involves several steps, which include: identifying the problem, setting achievable and realistic goals, brainstorming ideas on how to plausibly achieve that goal, attempting various solutions, and evaluating and/or adapting strategies if necessary. On Peter Rabbit, any of the problem-solving skills can be modeled in a single story.
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    Interpersonal Skills

  • Optimistic and resilient children are good at getting along and socializing with others. On Peter Rabbit, many interpersonal skills will be modeled in a story: assertiveness, negotiation, compromise, empathy (seeing things from another person's perspective), and valuing of interpersonal relationships (communicating love, appreciation, and respect for others).
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    Positive Reframing

  • Although life itself presents us all with many events that have both a positive and negative side to them, optimistic and resilient children excel at seeing the positive side of events. For instance, at times children will make mistakes, and they will be disappointed about that, but those children with strong self-esteem and resiliency are not undone by those errors, instead they see these mistakes as opportunities to try again, to devise new solutions, to do things differently--a chance to do better. Obstacles or predicaments are viewed in a similar way on Peter Rabbit. Peter sees the positive in his mistakes and obstacles, and he states this explicitly to his young viewers. It is important to note that Peter does not refuse to take responsibility for his actions or errors but rather highlights the positive side of his actions and uses this as an opportunity to take responsibility and right an unintentional wrong.
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