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 Seven-Year-Old's Character Development
High Wire Peg
Help your child learn about stacking objects to reach a certain height, and that when they stack two objects of the same height, they reach double the height.
"When Something is New" Song
A song about how when something seems scary, holding someone's hand can help.
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
Playing cooperative games such as 'Scratch My Back' can help your child see the benefits of teamwork and collaboration.
Small, Smaller, Smallest
Your child will learn about ordering things by their height (small, smaller, smallest), as well as using fingers to solve simple addition/subtraction problems.
Matias Visits the Gift Store (Spanish)
Matias needs to be calm when he goes to a gift store to buy a gift for his mom.
Proud Pictures: Drawing What We Learned
Learning something new can be exciting! Talk with your child about new accomplishments and create illustrations of the things she has learned to do.
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
A Present for Teacher Harriet (Spanish)
The friends work together to make a birthday present out of clay for Teacher Harriet.
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.
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