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
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
Something Special for Dad
Daniel is sending a letter to his Dad to show him how much he loves him. Your child can read along with this interactive storybook as Daniel describes how he made and sent the letter.
The Case of the Centigurps That Keep Escaping
Five, Ten, Fifteen, Twenty… Practicing skip counting skills in this activity can help your child learn how to count to high numbers without going one by one.
An Imaginary Dragon Dance (Spanish)
Daniel makes believe the dancing dragon comes alive and they sing and dance together.
The agents figure out the pattern of the villain, he wanted the number of objects to be equal on both sides.
Daniel and Dad - The Adventure Tigers
Daniel imagines that he and Dad are adventure tigers together in the jungle.
Knowing how to resolve conflicts between friends can be difficult for children. Help your child establish good conflict resolution skills by brainstorming and role-playing solutions to possible scenarios.
The Birds are Building a Nest
Daniel and Katerina collect leaves and sticks for the birds to use in their nest.
Dress Up Time
Elmo and Abby want to play dress up. Your child can choose pieces of clothing to complete the outfits Elmo and Abby want to wear.
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 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