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
A Birthday Surprise for Mr. Conductor
The whole crew prepares to surprise Mr. Conductor for his birthday.
Comic Book Navigation
This clip can teach your child about addition and adding along a number line. Otto and Olive add along a number line to jump to a new page in their comic.
D.W.'s Dress Up
D.W. likes to play dress up with clothes that celebrate holidays from around the world. Your child can have fun helping D.W. choose outfits for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice, or even Baxter Day.
Votes for Otto
Your child can learn about elections, and counting votes using tally marks, in this clip where Otto competes with Orin in an election.
Your child can turn a cardboard box into a television set and then perform some of her special talents on TV. You can even video tape her performance for a more realistic television experience.
Role-playing scary situations with stuffed animals can help your child learn strategies for handling future fears.
Finding Your Silly Sound
Peter is trying to find a silly sound for the silly sound song contest, but every time he comes up with a new sound, someone else has already taken it.
A Nighttime Walk in the Neighborhood
Daniel and his family sing goodnight and take a walk to see what's special at night.
Give Awards to Everyday Heroes
Your child can identify and honor everyday heroes in your community by creating and distributing hero awards.
Tutu Almost All the Time
Katerina learns that she can't always wear her favorite tutu while she is playing.
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