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
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
Invent Your Own Version of Dino Ball
Playing ball while pretending to be a dinosaur can be fun! Your child can make up the rules to her own game of Dino Ball and think about what dinosaur attributes might be useful in a game.
Zeros are Disappearing
Your child will learn about place value, using a bar graph, and that zero only stands for nothing if its by itself.
Your child can learn about solving problems on a number line from Olive as she tries to solve Dr. O's word problem.
Training Video #531 - How to Deal with a Clockhead Lady
Your child will learn about telling time on an analog clock to the nearest 5 minutes.
Chrissie Stands Guard
Chrissie can't run fast like Daniel's other friends, but she has her own way to play.
Where is Mama Bird?
There are lots of things to ask questions about - why plants die, or where mama bird went.
Jesse Wants Something Pink and Round
Sometimes you need to look for 2 things at once! In this clip, your child can learn about focusing on more than one characteristic of an object.
You Can Learn
In this clip, Roxanne and Cat sing a song about learning new skills through problem solving and practice.
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
Make a Paper Chain to Practice Cooperation
Making paper chains can be a fun way for your child to practice fine motor skills or patterning and can offer an opportunity for two children to practice working together to create a bigger project.
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