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
Abbot's First Gymnastics Class
Abbot is doing something new. He takes his stuffed animal with him to help him feel better
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
Come Play Family
When Daniel and Katerina play family, Daniel still wants to pretend to be the baby.
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.
Learning to share can take a lot of practice! Your child can work on this important skill by sharing crayons or handing out a fair share of snacks to friends.
Making cards for friends and family can help children learn to appreciate and value the special people in their lives.
Saying Goodbye at School (Spanish)
Dad Tiger explains to Daniel Tiger that he must drop Daniel off at school and go to work.
Here to Engineer
Your child can practice early engineering skills by building an appropriately sized structure for a favorite stuffed animal or toy.
In this online game, your child will follow directional and landmark clues to navigate a map and locate the odd creatures of Sector 21.
Katerina Gets Paint on Her Tutu
Katerina loves to twirl in her special sparkly tutu and wants to wear it all the time.
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
Tracking the Number Hog
Your child will learn about place value, and identifying digits in the hundreds, tens, and ones places.
Good for Me!
Learning something new can be exciting! Talk with your child about new accomplishments and create illustrations of the things she has learned to do.
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