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
Tutu Almost All the Time
Katerina learns that she can't always wear her favorite tutu while she is playing.
Roxanne Loves Solid Shapes
Cat sings the praises of solid shapes in this clip. Your child can learn about the properties of some 3D shapes.
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
In this online game, your child will follow directional and landmark clues to navigate a map and locate the odd creatures of Sector 21.
Agent Orchid tells us a little bit about herself, and how she is figuring out at Odd Squad if her personality is a result of the experiences she has had.
Your child will learn about symmetry, which means that an objects has two sides that are the same.
Feel the Music
Music is one way people can express how they are feeling. In this game, your child can express himself by choosing instruments and sounds that represent the feelings of happy, sad and mad.
Do Mammals Eat Fish?
The gang asks Mr. Conductor if there are any mammals in the mesozoic era that eat fish.
Daniel Tiger's Stop & Go Potty
Use this app to encourage children to practice stopping their play when they have to go potty and learn about important bathroom routines at the potty and sink.
This clip will show your child how to read temperatures from a thermometer and compare different temperatures.
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
Cat Measuring Tool
Your child can learn about length and measurement as she uses Cat as a measuring tool to measure the length of various objects at home.
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