Who do we want our children to become? Parents approach their work from diverse perspectives and cultural traditions. But on this question, there is widespread agreement: we want our kids to become responsible, hardworking and compassionate. In other words, we want them to have good character. Character development is about building good habits, and habits take time to form. Our character is always a work in progress! We may not know what the world will look like when our children become adults, but we know that virtues will help them flourish in any circumstance.
Growing Up Well: Supporting Your Two-Year-Old's Character Development
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Your child will learn about symmetry, which means that an objects has two halves that are the same.
Sesame Street Super Salad Diner
Bert and Ernie are serving up salads at the diner. Your child can complete customer orders by adding the requested ingredients to create the perfect salad for each customer.
Grit involves sticking with something until you succeed. It gives us the strength to try, try, try again. Grit supports a "growth mindset" — a belief that our intelligence and skills can grow with effort. Kids with a growth mindset thrive on challenges, show resilience in the face of obstacles, and view failure as part of the learning process.Learn More
The agents learn about which time came first in the morning by representing it on a number line.
Crayon Resist Garden Painting
Using crayons and food coloring, your child can talk about plants and their parts while creating his own garden in the crayon resist style of painting.
Providing opportunities to explore the stories, music and language of their own and other cultures can expand your child's appreciation of the diverse cultures in the world.
George is building robots to do different jobs. Your child can help George pick the right parts to complete his robot and finish the job.
Peg and Cat Save Christmas
Peg and Cat help Santa deliver presents in 100 sleighs with all of their friends.
Gratitude involves both feeling and expressing our thankfulness; it means we show our appreciation for others. According to the Harvard Healthbeat, "Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships."Learn More
Build Good Character Skills with Daniel Tiger
Through imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn the key skills necessary for school and for life, using strategies grounded in the teachings of Mister Rogers.Find Activities