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
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
Families come in all shapes and sizes. Use this activity with a group of children to celebrate and appreciate the things that make each family unique.
The Parade is Only for Big Kids!
Daniel doesn't want Margaret to join the parade he is making with his friends.
What Will I Be When I Grow Up?
Daniel imagines some of the many jobs he could have when he grows up.
When We Do Something New Song (Spanish)
A song about how talking about new things before we do them helps us know what to expect.
Daniel Performs the Nutcracker
Daniel plays the Nutcracker and Katerina plays Clara on the neighborhood stage.
When Did Ms. O Come From?
Your child will learn about using the process of elimination to solve a problem, such as crossing out months of the year that are not cold to solve a problem.
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
Clean Up, Pick Up, Put Away Strategy Song
Daniel and his friends celebrate their clean up day at the park with a picnic.
Try it a Little at a Time Song
This song celebrates trying a little bit at a time, even when something is hard to do.
Your child can plan and create her own simple athletic events such as obstacle courses and cooperative races. She can even hold a medal ceremony after the games.
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