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
Your child can learn about compromise, triangles, and distance on a map in this clip where Peg, Cat, and The Pig diagree about where to go on vacation.
A Pretend Outer Space Adventure
With a cardboard box, Daniel imagines that he is an astronaut on an adventure in space.
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
Robin Hood, More or Less
Your child can learn about "more" and "less" in this clip where Peg and Robin Hood must make sure numbers of items are equal.
Happy Father's Day
Creating a Father's Day gift can be as simple as drawing or coloring a picture. Your child can print and color this special Dinosaur Train picture to celebrate dad's special day.
Fear No More
Talking about fears and acting out solutions through role-play can help your child feel less afraid.
The Wall of Tall
Nature Cat and his pals come across an obstacle on their way to The Gardens of Gold.
Daniel's Yellow Submarine
Daniel makes believe he can travel in a submarine to see what's on the ocean floor.
Try it a Little at a Time Song
This song celebrates trying a little bit at a time, even when something is hard to do.
Sara Bareilles: Just Like Magic
Sing along with Sara Bareilles and Abby to see how a bad day can be turned around.
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
Do You Ever Feel Upset?
Daniel gets knocked down. He holds his Tigey and that helps him feel ready to play again.
Making gift coupons is one way to say “I love you.” Together with your child, create a coupon book of ways your child can help with a family task or give as a gift on special occasions.
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