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 Four-Year-Old's Character Development
Walk Like Animals
Can your child waddle like a duck or swim like a fish? Make a game of it by drawing and imitating all sorts of pets and animals.
Classroom Jobs (Spanish)
Teacher Harriet tells the children what each of their classroom jobs will be.
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
Try a Little Kindness with Tori Kelly
Sing along with Tori Kelly and learn what it means to be kind!
A Boat Ride with Grandpere
Daniel is at Grandpere's house. They wake up early to see the sunrise together.
Rosita has treats to share with her friends. Your child can help Rosita by counting out exactly enough items for each friend.
In this online game, your child will follow directional and landmark clues to navigate a map and locate the odd creatures of Sector 21.
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