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
Ori and the Centigurps
This clip can help if your child needs help dividing up large numbers or understanding how many times a small number fits into a bigger number
Baby Fox's Big Machine
Learn about diagrams to plan out a design for something like building a big machine.
Playing on Jungle Beach
Mom reminds Daniel and Katerina of the water safety rules when they are at Jungle Beach.
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
Feeling Left Out
Brainstorming and role-playing how to cope with being left out can help prepare children for a time when they might be excluded from play.
Oprah and O'Donahue
By identifying the patterns Odd Squad agents use when they play rock, paper, scissors Ms. O is able to beat them to win the jelly bean.
Sodor I Spy
Playing a game of Thomas themed I Spy can help your child pass the time while waiting in line or on a long car ride. Be sure to provide plenty of encouragement as your child continues guessing.
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
Lord Rectangle, Ms. Triangle, Gen. Pentagon and Prof. Square
Your child will learn about attributes of 2D shapes, such rectangles, squares, triangles, and pentagons, and that squares are a type of rectangle with equal sides.
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