The Taxi Dog curriculum is designed for students in preschool through 3rd grade and consists of 4 primer lessons, and 5 skill development lessons based around the 10-minute pilot video.  As we continue to develop the full curricula to accompany 16 new video stories, the primer lessons' content will remain the same for all grade levels.

Primer Lesson #1: The Adventures of Maxi Storybook
This lesson introduces our main characters Maxi and Jim, through Penguin Publishing’s storybook, The Adventures of Taxi Dog. The students learn how their friendship began, and gain the foundation and context for upcoming Taxi Dog adventures. The storybook establishes some of the social emotional concepts of the curriculum, particularly compassion Definition: The feeling that arises when you are confronted with another’s suffering and are motivated to do something to ease his/her experience and empathy Definition:The ability to sense, identify and imagine what another person is or might be feeling , and introduces basic topics including what a taxi and fare are.

Primer Lesson #2: Meet Maxi
Puppets are an integral part of the Taxi Dog program, and we provide a Maxi hand puppet for each student in the class. In this lesson, students and teachers discuss the principles of responsibility, and collectively decide on the best way to care for the Maxi puppets in the classroom.

Primer Lesson #3: Puppet Workshop
This lesson features video tutorials by Martin Robinson, Taxi Dog’s lead puppeteer and a 30-year veteran of Sesame Street. Martin’s entertaining instruction, coupled with some fun exercises, demonstrates the puppetry practices and techniques that students will use throughout the curriculum. Go to Puppet Power to watch a video sample of Martin's instruction.

Primer Lesson #4: The PAUSE Practice
PAUSE Definition:Taxi Dog’s self-regulation practice designed specifically for young learners , Taxi Dog’s Self-Regulation Definition:Managing emotions, energy levels, attention and behavior in order to achieve goals such as fostering positive relationships, learning and social emotional well-being practice, is a core feature of the Taxi Dog curriculum. PAUSE helps students focus and manage stress which can contribute to positive classroom behavior and readiness for learning.

Video-Story Lessons #5-#9: Maxi-Taxi-Saurus
These lessons utilize the pilot video-story to explore topics including interpreting facial expressions, taking the perspective of others, practicing empathy, and exploring qualities of being a good friend.

"The biggest change I’ve noticed is that the children are more patient with each other, they have empathy, they’re able to hear what someone else is saying, and I notice that they’re making the eye-contact... They’re also able to tell their experiences of when they come into different situations in the real world and how they use those as opportunities to PAUSE. "

Marianne Prins
[When asked: “What changes have you seen in
your students since starting to use the TD program?”]