It’s never too early to help your child develop positive character traits.
As early as 6 months old, babies begin to show signs of empathy. Early child development experts say social-emotional skills and good character can be and should be nurtured from birth.
At Primrose, our Balanced Learning® approach infuses character development lessons throughout the day incorporating the Primrose Friends — 12 engaging classroom puppets that help foster compassion, creativity, gratitude and honesty in children. Each month, the Balanced Learning curriculum helps children learn a new character development trait through puppetry, role play, and hands-on activities.
(See the Primrose Friends Matching Card Game, download here)
Meet the Primrose Friends!
Erwin embodies friendship.
Erwin teaches children the value of friendships; he knows that strong bonds are built on mutual interest and respect.
Molly symbolizes respect for others.
Molly shows students how to get along with others, avoid and resolve conflicts, and create a positive social or school environment.
Katie epitomizes cooperation.
Katie shows children how to work successfully in groups and interact harmoniously with others.
Benjamin embodies generosity.
Benjamin shows children that generosity is the characteristic that inspires us to perform acts of kindness for others without any expectation of a personal reward for the effort.
Libby symbolized fairness.
Libby understands that being a fair person leads to positive interpersonal relationships.
Billy epitomizes keeping promises.
Billy demonstrates that character is defined by what you do, not by what you say or believe. He teaches children that keeping promises is important.
Og illustrates caring.
Og shows students that the best way to establish trust among individuals is through caring. It has been said that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
Peanut epitomizes honesty.
Peanut teaches children that honesty is one of the most important traits of happy, successful people. He explains that being an honest person takes self-discipline and commitment.
Megy illustrates conservation.
Megy teaches students that being a good citizen means preserving and protecting our natural resources. She shows children how to make a difference by changing wasteful habits and learning how to recycle, reuse and reduce.
Percy epitomizes courage.
Percy understands that courage is the spirit that enables us to face danger or fear with confidence, resolution and bravery. He teaches children that it takes courage to stand up for what is right, especially when we do so despite negative pressure from others.
Mia embodies citizenship.
Mia knows that good citizenship is defined as the quality of an individual’s behavior as a citizen. It is social responsibility in action!
Ally illustrates responsibility.
Ally teaches children that we alone have the responsibility to shape our lives. She demonstrates that we must not shuffle our responsibility onto others.
To learn more about our character development program at Primrose Schools® and how parents can intentionally support children’s social-emotional development, please check out our other tips and resources:
- Parent Resources: Develop Positive Character Traits in Children
- Let’s Play Pretend: Make-Believe is Fuel for Child Development
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