Ding Dong School (1952-1956)
(1952 - 1956)
Educational / Family
/ Kid's Show
Dr. Frances Horwich as Miss Frances
This half hour television program was aimed at preschool-age children, and aired on NBC from 1952 – 1956, and it is believed that it held a 95 percent share of the preschool audience. The show
, billed as the nursery school of the air, was the first program of its kind and is credited with influencing Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and Sesame Street
of Ding Dong School
was Miss Frances, and she would spend each episode speaking directly to the children as if she were right in the room with them. Lessons could include nearly anything, from how to fold a handkerchief into a rabbit, how to bounce a ball, or how to grow a plant from a sweet potato. Miss Frances also included music and poetry readings and other basic lessons. At the end of each episode she would encourage the children to go play, and took time to speak to their parents, encouraging them to encourage their children and reinforce what she had taught them that day.
Miss Frances was Dr. Frances Horwich who had earned her Master’s Degree in Education at Columbia University and a Doctorate at Northwestern University. She was the head of Roosevelt College
’s department of education.