Families: teaching children to bring renewal and give understanding to others
The colorful puppets of Sesame Street have been a part of family life for forty-three years. Inevitably tough issues need to be faced in families. When children are young, an added comfort to parents or loved ones words of assurance, might be the beloved friends from Sesame Street.
For Parents: Go to the Sesame Street Website for parents. Choose the topics and activities link where featured topics are highlighted. Click the view more button, here you can choose from a variety of issues and find videos and discussion questions. Watch these short videos together and talk about what you and your child observe. All material is child-appropriate and developed by professional educators.
Learn about bully prevention by watching The Good Bird’s Club and work through the provided discussion questions. Tackle challenging issues like grief and dealing with feelings. Sesame Street strives to be relevant and Families Stand Together touches on job loss, something many children have experienced in their families. Other excellent resources include material about: healthy eating, saving, spending and sharing, hygiene, exercise, and preparing for doctor visits.
Diversity: At Sesame Street Workshop you can view a World map with your children. The map marks all the places in the World that broadcast Sesame Street. Talk with your children about how kids all around the world speak different languages and live in different ways. Even though there are many differences children everywhere love the characters of Sesame Street.
Our Impact highlights the work Sesame Street workshop has done and continues to do around the world to make a difference in the lives of children. Takalani Sesame Street of South Africa features a character named Kami who has HIV. In a world where this is children’s reality, Kami can soften fear and promote understanding. In the United States, a new Sesame Street character named Lily was introduced due to the job loss the United States has faced. Lily visits a food pantry and is food insecure, meaning she does not get three meals a day.
The World somehow feels a little smaller when the hands of lovable puppets join us together.