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This video highlights the good feelings that family memories can bring. As you watch together with children, think of—and talk about—happy times you’ve had as a family.
Together with children, watch this video, which focuses on adult-child bonds and celebrates the special pride parents and caregivers have for their children. Tell children what you think is wonderful about them.
Get to know preschool teachers Joseph Braswell and Callie Weller. As you watch these videos—whether on your own or with colleagues—think about how you might bring their insights and philosophies as well as specific and ideas into your work. You might take notes as you watch.
An activity page with a strategy that can help set the stage for a lifetime of confidence, pride, and strength!
An activity page reminding children that even little acts of kindness can make a big difference.
An activity about how we’re all connected… and how we’re stronger together.
After watching the music video “The Wonderful in You”, print this page so you can sing the song whenever you like! Move together and have a “Wonderful” dance party. Invite children to decorate the page, then display where everyone can see it often.
Print (or just read on screen) some or all of this adult-child activity book focusing on celebrating what makes us each unique, how we’re all connected, and how little ones can build a better world! You can sit with children and complete the pages together, or just talk about what you see on screen.
Print this page and invite children to join the Sesame Street community by drawing themselves into the picture. Then display their work!
Getting-to-know-you games can help us understand and appreciate the similarities and differences among us all
Prepare children for school success by exposing them to uppercase letters, helping them recognize them, and write them themselves.
Prepare children for school success by building basic skills, such as color recognition.
Prepare children for school success by building basic skills, such as number recognition.
The pandemic impacted many children’s language and literacy skills, but their brains are malleable and adults can help build skills through rich conversations.
Read ‘Building and Rebuilding Language Skills – and Community!’
Starting preschool can be exciting…and sometimes scary! But Elmo and his friends are here to help. Together with your soon-to-be preschooler, listen anytime, anywhere to real kids, real parents, a real teacher, and Elmo—all on the topic of preschool! In each episode, there’s also an interactive game.
Starting kindergarten can be exciting…and sometimes scary! But Elmo and his friends are here to help. Together with your soon-to-be kindergartner, listen anytime, anywhere to real kids, real parents, a real teacher, and Elmo—all on the topic of kindergarten! In each episode, there’s also an interactive game.
Whether it’s before beginning preschool or at the start of the year, a peek into another child’s day, in a similar setting, can ease children’s anxieties. Together with children, watch Sophie learn, play, and help in her preschool classroom and at home.
Whether it’s before beginning kindergarten or at the start of the year, a peek into another child’s day, in a similar setting, can ease children’s anxieties. Together with children, watch Dhaviya learn, play, and help in kindergarten and at home.
Help kids take a school-readiness adventure in which Elmo’s friends help him practice paying attention, focusing, reasoning, and memory—all skills that will help him in school. Kids will practice listening to instructions, staying focused even when there are distractions, remembering several-step directions, and more.
Play 'Elmo's Brain Games'
Physical activity can help both children and adults focus their minds. As you watch, notice how physical activity harnesses and focuses children’s natural energy as children build gross-motor skills and engage playfully with adults. Consider these ways to integrate “energy bursts” into your daily routines, then brainstorm some ideas of your own.
Watch 'Get Moving'
Children grow when they can teach what they learn. Children have a “school identity” and a “home identity,” and there’s a great way to bridge the two in a way that enriches, expands, reinforces learning. Encourage children to become “teachers” at home as they explain and demonstrate to their families what they’re learning all day—children gain confidence when they can share what they know!
Watch 'Reading at Home and School'
Every positive interaction between home and school helps create a partnership that benefits children all year long. As you watch these everyday, informal interactions between parents and teachers, reflect on how you communicate with parents, and consider new ways to do so.
Watch 'This Is How I Grow'
Interacting with parents daily strengthens important home-school connections. As you watch, notice how this teacher personally interacts with the parent for a recap of their child’s day. Then think about ways you can boost similar everyday interactions with parents so that everyone stays “on the same page” with children’s lives and learning in both school and home.
Watch 'Day-to-Day Connections'
Having the same routines in different settings enriches learning. Kids may have the same responsibilities in different settings, but routines can help them connect lessons between school and home. As you watch, notice what is the same and different about the routines of table-setting and handwashing at school and at home.
Watch 'Reading at Home and School'
Teachers and parents form a powerful learning team when they work together to lay the foundation for success in school—and in life! Getting involved in school activities encourages learning inside and outside the classroom. Because everyone on the team has the same goal: to provide safe spaces—with lots of love and care—where children can grow and thrive.
Use children’s curiosity about places, people, and things around them to get them excited about learning and preparing for school.
Watch Abby and Rudy add to their wonder journal, then help children create their own.
Children can learn math, science, and more through creating art.
With a little love, and modeling how to think aloud, you can help children become problem solvers. Help children build problem-solving skills to turn “Oops” into “Aha!” Watch 'Meet Maggie Cadabby'
Let's Make Up a Story!
Oral storytelling can be opportunities for great conversations and building vocabulary. Watch Rosita and her Abuela turn the night sky into a storytelling adventure.
Regular communication with your child’s teacher will help your child learn, grow and thrive in the pre-K classroom.
Download Parent Tip Sheet
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Are you a community organization, administrator or teacher that engages families of young children? Use this guide to plan fun workshops that help families discover the power they have to build their child’s brains during everyday moments
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To kids, words are the most precious data. Every conversation a child has fosters brain development. And words are the foundation for a child’s school readiness and future success.
That's why we created Words Are Here, There, and Everywhere, in partnership with Sesame Street®. These resources provide a variety of activities to help spark conversation and develop young children’s vocabulary, building on their natural curiosity around math, science and the arts.
Interact with digital storybooks featuring Elmo and his Sesame Street friends to make learning new words fun.
Explore Word Play Storybooks | Explore Reading Adventures Storybooks
Happy, Healthy, Ready for School provides simple ways to create teachable moments that develop children’s physical, emotional, and cognitive skills. It promotes the importance of school readiness as well as empowers parents as a child’s first and most important teacher.
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Math is Everywhere provides parents, caregivers and educators with strategies and resources to turn everyday experiences into math moments – at home, in school and on the go.
Learning is Everywhere helps parents turn everyday experiences into learning opportunities. It provides tools to help children learn through discovery by asking, doing and exploring throughout their everyday routines.
For Me, For You, For Later provides parents, caregivers, and educators with strategies and resources to help children learn basic financial concepts that highlight the importance of saving, spending and sharing, making choices, and the value of people, things and money.
My World is Green and Growing is designed to promote exploration and investigation of the natural world. The journal provides useful tips and activities to help young children and grown-ups explore the natural environment by using everyday moments as great learning opportunities.
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