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 Eight-Year-Old's Character Development
The Slow Motion Path
The Odd Squad must take a longer path to avoid an obstacle. This clip can teach your child about reading maps and navigating using a map.
Our Storm Emergency Kit
Daniel, Katerina and O check that they have everything they need in the emergency kit.
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
Pattern identification helps the Odd Squad agents figure out what sound comes next to find the missing gum ball.
Daniel Hangs Up His Picture
Daniel is excited to hang up his picture. But he needs to take his time to do it right.
Daniel and His Friends
In this interactive storybook, your child can read along with Daniel Tiger as he thinks about ways that he is different from his friends and ways that he is the same as his friends.
The Raccoon Culprit
The gang follow the footprint clues, which leads them right to a sleeping raccoon.
Try to Fix the Problem Yourself!" Song
Daniel and his friends feel proud when they fix problems themselves.
A Walk in the Woods
In this clip, your child can learn about using landmarks to orient yourself on a map. Otto and Olive search for landmarks to figure out how to get home.
Daniel Finds His Shoes
At first, Daniel asks Mom to help him, but in the end, he finds his shoes all by himself!
Map of the Galaxy
Celery shows the kids the map of the Galaxy, including the Bortron and Earth solar system.
Some dinosaurs were herbivores, or animals that only ate plants. Learn about modern day herbivores and the foods that they eat by creating two collages.
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
Your child can learn about musical beats, directional opposites, and problem solving in this junkyard music clip.
Ramone's Pebble Plane
In this clip, Ramone teaches about learning from your mistakes and reading from a meter.
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