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
Connect the World
Buster loves to travel. Your child can play a matching card game with Buster to learn about foods, sports, musical instruments and flags of different countries.
The Great Banana Has Landed
Your child will learn about fair sharing, which is dividing up objects equally among everyone.
What Should Daniel Wear Today?
Daniel needs to pick the right clothes to wear on this snowy day in the neighborhood.
Storytime at the Library
It's storytime at the library but Prince Wednesday is having a hard time calming down.
Elmo Goes to the Doctor
Elmo doesn't feel well and has to go to the doctor. By clicking through this interactive story, your child can see what it's like at the doctor's office.
Grrr! I Want to Be the Engineer
Daniel tries using his words to tell Katerina that he wants to be the train engineer.
Dinosaur Hand Shadows
Using printable silhouettes and a flashlight, you and your child can create dinosaur shaped hand shadows.
Pangaea in the Triassic Time Period
The Dinosaur Train Zeppelin travels back in time to visit Pangea
It's a Cardboard World
Daniel makes believe he lives in a cardboard world where he can make anything!
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