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
Where'd Sir Galahad Go?!
Nature Cat and the gang need to find Sir Galahad before their family gets home!
Dinosaurs of a Feather
Examining clean bird feathers can help your child understand that different types of feathers serve different purposes. After examining the feathers, your child can create a picture of a Velociraptor with feathers.
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
Act One - I Do What I Can: The Musical!
In this clip, your child can learn how to group a large number into smaller chunks to make large numbers more manageable.
Grrr... Miss Elaina Threw Tigey!
When Miss Elaina throws Tigey, Daniel uses his words to explain why he is upset.
A Germ-Fighting Superhero
Daniel imagines that he is a germ-fighting superhero who can make the germs go away.
A Lost Soccer Ball
When Mati can't find his soccer ball, he searches all over the house and finds it himself!
Training Video #1624 - How to Deal with a Spider-Cat Bite
Your child will learn to use clues, and to identify a more complex pattern.
Odd Report: Giant Sighting
Your child will learn about using a number line to predict a skip counting pattern.
Brain's Chess Club
Brain searches for a worthy chess opponent to help him train for an upcoming match.
Ordering in the Restaurant
Daniel and Katerina Kittycat learn how to order dinner in the neighborhood restaurant.
Buried Treasure Party
Your child will learn about the relation between height and length, and how they can use their own height to measure length.
Older children can practice being a good role model by reading, drawing and painting with younger children.
Marthur Stickerbook Mashup
Your child can create and print her own sticker book picture page featuring characters from both the Arthur and Martha Speaks series. What kind of story can she tell in one picture?
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