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
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
Having Fun with the Number 100
Whether you are celebrating the 100th day of school or just having fun, try one or more of these activities to practice estimating and counting to 100.
Mayor Sing, Mayor Dance
Mayor Macklemore has a case of the Sing-Alongs, and Olive and Otto are on the case.
Picking Up Chickens
Peg and Cat have 100 chickens to collect, and they count 10 chickens that they have all picked.
Fight Fears Through Art
Creating courage cards with your child can help her face fears and be brave.
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
Your child can take a look back at how much she's grown since she was a baby by identifying new things she has learned and accomplished.
Math in the Bath - Fair Sharing
Your child will learn about fair sharing, which is dividing up objects equally among everyone.
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