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
Does your child have a story idea for Arthur? Using the comic book creator, your child can write and illustrate a story with Arthur and his friends.
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
Pretend Play: Going to the Doctor
Playing doctor can help your child work through fears and anxieties about visiting the doctor.
On the Straight and Narrow
Your child will learn that not all shapes have the same characteristics -- some are narrow and straight, some are round and curvy.
Jackalope Cartoon 001
Watch as the jackalope asks the gorilla to return the bananas that belong to the Odd Squad seal.
Where is Cat?
Your child will learn about relative position words such as under, next to, and behind, while Peg tries to find Cat.
Gooey Randall and Goopy Gus
Your child can learn skills to read an analog clock and tell time in this clip where Otto and Olive only have 20 minutes to interrogate villains.
Use a Number Line to Catch a Thief
Using a number line and subtraction skills, your child can figure out which items are missing in a mystery object game.
Making Banana Muffins with Mom
Luke has to wait until his mom has taken care of the baby before they can make muffins.
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
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