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
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
A Square Cut for Beethoven
This clip can teach your child about making shapes from other shapes. Super Peg and Cat Guy must fix Beethoven's triangle hairdo.
A Perfect Giant Wedding
In this clip, Peg learns about her responsibilities at a friend's wedding and the 6 tasks she must complete in order to help.
Play Pretend: How to Include Others
Brainstorming and role-playing how to cope with being left out can help prepare children for a time when they might be excluded from play.
Rosita has treats to share with her friends. Your child can help Rosita by counting out exactly enough items for each friend.
The Finish Line
It's neck-and-neck between the different trains--who will cross the finish line first?
Dinosaurs of a Feather
Examining clean bird feathers can help your child understand that different types of feathers serve different purposes. After examining the feathers, your child can create a picture of a Velociraptor with feathers.
Mr. Frank's Flat Cart
Mr. Frank's cart changed from 3D to 2D but the detectives figured out it was a rectangular prism that is now flat because it changed dimension.
Make a Miniature Garden
Creating a miniature garden can help your child learn about seeds and plant growth and provide the opportunity for your child to take responsibility for caring for a household plant.
In the Neighborhood Voting Booth
It's time to vote! Daniel reviews his options inside the voting booth and makes a choice.
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
Cookies of the Caribbean
Cookie Monster is dressed like a pirate and looking for a cookie jar. Your child can practice pattern and shape identification skills while helping Cookie Monster collect and sort gems along the way to find the cookie jar.
This Means War!
What will George do? The class begins a game of war when George sharpens his pencil.
Training Video #531 - How to Deal with a Clockhead Lady
Your child will learn about telling time on an analog clock to the nearest 5 minutes.
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