Strong friendships and family relationships are the source of some of life's greatest joys and provide us with support during life's challenges. Young children are often social from the start of life. They observe how people interact with them. They pay close attention to parents' facial expressions and tone of voice. And they develop appropriate behavior based on what they see. Parents can harness this innate ability, teaching children how to form strong and healthy relationships with empathy and problem-solving skills.
Growing Up Well: Supporting Your Three-Year-Old's Social Development
Empathy is a skill — one that we can cultivate and strengthen with practice. Empathy means that we can imagine how someone else is thinking or feeling and then respond in a caring manner. Picture book author Anna Dewdney offers this wonderful definition: "Empathy is an understanding that other people have feelings, and that those feelings count."Learn More
Thank You Cards
Making thank you cards when people show kindness can help your child develop an attitude of gratitude.
Dasher and Dancer Over France
Your child will learn about using coordinates to locate points on a graph, and making patterns with these coordinates on a graph.
The Arch Villain
Your child will learn about an arch, which is a line that is curved into the center.
Good friends provide us with vital social and emotional support from childhood through adulthood. It takes practice to learn how to be a good friend — practice at being kind, supportive, trustworthy and a good listener. These are skills kids can begin to learn at an early age. As Fred Rogers said, "One of life’s greatest joys is the comfortable give and take of a good friendship. It’s a wonderful feeling not only to have a friend, but to know how to be a friend yourself."Learn More
Make a Dragonfly
Using a few basic art supplies, your child can create a model of a dragonfly including its head, thorax, and abdomen.
Really Useful Cargo
Your child can create a Sodor inspired cardboard box and then fill it with needed supplies to donate to charity.
Practice Being a Good Friend with Daniel Tiger
Through imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn key social skills using strategies grounded in the teachings of Mister Rogers.Find Activitiesdan