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 Five-Year-Old's Character Development
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.
In So Many Ways, We Are the Same
This song celebrates some of the ways that Daniel and Chrissie are different and the same.
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
When We All Work Together
Daniel practices his line one last time before the Snowflake Day show begins.
Welcome to the Break Room
Your child will learn about identifying digits in the hundreds, tens, and ones place.
This clip teaches about 2-digit numbers and what to expect from numbers in the tens place and numbers in the ones place.
Sean's Shuttle Quest
In this game, your child can race the rescue rover to collect solar panel pieces and learn facts about planets and moons along the way.
Daniel Tiger is getting ready for bed. Your child can help Daniel complete his bedtime routine in this online game.
Stay Safe Near the Water Strategy Song
When you're near the water, it's important to have a grownup nearby and know safety rules.
This Peg + Cat video shows kids a represents real world situation where a chicken wants to leave the farm as a subtraction problem.
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
See What it is, You Might Feel Better Strategy Song
Once you can see what is there, you might not be so afraid!
Build Good Character Skills with Arthur
Whether facing down a bully, worrying about a new teacher or being the very last person on earth to lose his baby teeth, Arthur and his friends manage to solve their crises with imagination, kindness and a lot of humor.Find Activities