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 Six-Year-Old's Character Development
Lord of the Crumbs
Cookie Monster is trying to reach his precious recipe. Your child can help Cookie Monster collect gem shapes and then listen to instructions to complete pattern and shape puzzles to find the recipe.
A Ride on a Real Dump Truck
Brayden visits a construction site and gets to ride and operate a real dump truck.
George is building robots to do different jobs. Your child can help George pick the right parts to complete his robot and finish the job.
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
The Long Line
Your child will learn about a number line, which is when you put numbers on a line so that everyone can stand in order.
It's Time for Daniel's Shot
After Daniel's check-up with Doctor Anna, it's time for him to get a shot.
A Germ-Fighting Superhero
Daniel imagines that he is a germ-fighting superhero who can make the germs go away.
Bert in: Pigeon Trouble
Bert needs to clean his apartment. Your child can help by picking up items and following Bert's directions to put the items in their proper places.
George loves to give presents. Your child can help George pick and wrap a present for one of his friends.
Edible Bird Feeder
Making a bird feeder for your backyard is easy to do using honey and seeds, birdseed or small fruit. Think about what types of birds are in your backyard and make a bird feeder that best suits their needs.
Do Mammals Eat Fish?
The gang asks Mr. Conductor if there are any mammals in the mesozoic era that eat fish.
Abby's Sandbox Search
Abby is digging in her magical sandbox. Using a magic shovel, your child can help Abby uncover items that start with the letter shown on the sand bucket.
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