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
Really Useful Cargo
Your child can create a Sodor inspired cardboard box and then fill it with needed supplies to donate to charity.
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.
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
Practice Self-Control by Playing Freeze Dance
Playing a game of freeze dance can help your child develop self-control skills.
What's the Difference?
Subtraction and measurement are key skills Peg uses while trying to restore her room to color in the Highlight Zone.
This clip can help your child explore ways to add numbers up to 10. Different hoops in the O games have different point values, which the agents must score and add.
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
Martha Speaks Story Maker
In this app, your child can write and save eight adventure stories featuring Martha and her friends. Then, kids can play with the characters in the storybook while Martha reads.
Daniel Performs the Nutcracker
Daniel plays the Nutcracker and Katerina plays Clara on the neighborhood stage.
Your child can create his own virtual garden by answering questions about the greener way to use resources wisely.
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