Explore tips and activities to engage with young children
Our free bilingual resources were developed in partnership with Sesame Workshop - the creators of Sesame Street® - and aim to help parents, caregivers and educators enhance learning opportunities for young children.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Regular communication with your child’s teacher will help your child learn, grow and thrive in the pre-K classroom.
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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.
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.
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.