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
Make Dinosaur Footprints and Trackways
Your child can explore the characteristics of a T. rex footprint and then create his own T.rex footprints and tracks.
Fixing the Cube Cruiser's Tires
Super Peg and Cat Guy teach about the difference beteween solid, 3D shapes and flat, 2D shapes in this clip.
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
4 + 6 = Magic
In this clip, your child can learn about matching numbers that add up to 10 and simple addition problems.
Turn it Around and Find Something Good Song (Picnic)
When something seems bad, turn it around, and find something good!
When We All Work Together
Daniel practices his line one last time before the Snowflake Day show begins.
Ms. O Tries to be Nice
Your child will learn about using the greater than sign to identify the relation between two numbers.
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
Role-Play: How to “Make Up”
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.
Fern's Writer's Block
Fern has a case of writer's block... and one famous poet just won't stand for it!
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