THE EMPEROR'S CONTEST AND BEETHOVEN'S HEAR!
Ryan doesn't want to follow the rules for a fishing contest. Riff meets someone who can't hear well.
The Emperor's Contest: Everyone is excited about a fishing contest that is being held in the park, everyone except Ryan, who doesn't want to follow the contest rules. When Ryan is tempted not to follow the rules, Barney tells a story called "The Emperor's Contest" about a boy who had a similar problem. When it's over, Ryan decides that honesty is the best policy! Educational theme: Honesty. Beethoven's Hear!: Riff can hear music in anything! When he meets a friend who can't hear well, Riff wonders if he would still like music if HE couldn't hear so well. Barney tells everyone about a famous musician named Beethoven who wrote beautiful music even though he couldn't hear it. Educational theme: Listening to classical music, appreciating diversity. Music curriculum: Listen to music in nature, listen to classical music, learning vocabulary such as "composer" and "musical notes," identifying and playing piano.