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From Sesame to You!
Let’s Go!
MEDIA
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  • Transportation

    Elmo and his friend, Zoe, talk about different kinds of transportation that help you get from one place to another. What’s your favorite kind of transportation?

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  • How to Get from Here to There

    Sesame friends use their feet, ride a bus, and take a plane to get from here to there. What are other ways to get around?

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  • Cookie Kart Racing

    Follow Cookie Monster’s directions to build your own kart. Then drive the kart to collect letters, numbers, or shapes!

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  • Flash Gizmo: Over, Under, Around, and Through

    When something is in Flash Gizmo’s way, he goes over, under, around, or through. Show how you can move safely over, under, around, or through things in your room!

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  • Me and My Chair

    A boy has a wheelchair that helps him get around: he goes forward, backward, and spins as he plays with his friend. What are some things the boy does in his chair?

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  • Staten Island Ferry

    Two brothers ride a ferry, a boat that carries people and cars over the water. What would you use to travel over water?

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  • Astronaut Visits a School

    An astronaut tells children what it’s like to make trips into space in a space shuttle. What would you like best about traveling in a space shuttle?

A Song on the Go

Traveling from here to there can be lots of fun! No matter where you go or how you get there, it’s an adventure worth singing about!

First

Together, talk about a real or imagined trip. Are you going somewhere nearby or far away? What kind of transportation helps you get from here to there? Will you move slowly or fast with that type of transportation?

Using Position Words

Try using position and direction words like under, over, around, through, and between to describe how you’ll move on your trip. For example, will you travel over a bump, around a corner, or between trees?

Then

Use the tune of The Wheels on the Bus to sing about your trip!

Anita on the bus goes over a bump, over a bump, over a bump. Anita on the bus goes over a bump, on her trip to the park!

Share at School

What a trip! Draw a picture of you traveling over, under, around, through, or between as you take your trip. Share your drawing and song with your teacher at school.

PARENT POCKET
PARENT GUIDE  
PARENT POCKET
PARENT GUIDE  

Transportation is an important part of everyday life, and is a topic many children love. Through this topic, children can learn about vehicles, different kinds of travel, staying safe, the concepts near and far, and the ways we move through the space around us.

Here’s a look at the learning inside Let’s Go!

Transportation

Each time you go from here to there, you use a kind of transportation. Celebrate your everyday travels together!

• Count the different types of transportation you see in one day.
• Take turns acting like a vehicle and guessing what it is.
• List the safety rules you follow (e.g., look both ways, wear a helmet, use a seatbelt).

Position and Direction

Learning the language of position and direction helps children to talk about where they are and where they’re going, understand instructions, and ask detailed questions.

• Talk about how you came home today (over, around, through).
• Describe the location of objects (in front of, on top of, under).
• Play Simon Says (e.g., put your hands behind your knees).

Videos & Games

Take a trip through the world of transportation with the Sesame media playlist:

Transportation – Meaning of the word
How to Get from Here to There – Ways to travel
Flash Gizmo: Over, Under, Around, and Through – Directions
Astronaut Visits a School – Traveling in space

A Song on the Go

This singing activity reinforces school learning at home.

• Exploring transportation
• Spatial awareness
• Position and direction language

Share your child’s picture and song to connect the learning back to school!

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About

Sesame Family is brought to you by Sesame Workshop to help you stay connected to your child's learning at school. In partnership Teaching Strategies, LLC, Sesame Family links you to your child's teacher. This all-in-one mobile experience helps you and your child explore teacher-selected preschool topics through media, hands-on activities, and parent supports.


How do I get to Sesame Family? +


Through her classroom newsletter, your child's teacher invites you to a 'virtual backpack' of family resources waiting for you online. Simply follow the link or copy and paste the site's address into a web browser to access Sesame Family for your child's classroom. Your teacher's name at the top of the Backpack welcomes you to a world of shared learning directly from your child's teacher to you.


What's inside Sesame Family? +


As a family, explore the same topics and skills that your child is exploring at school. In every teacher-selected bundle, you'll find: • MEDIA: Explore the carefully-selected Sesame videos and games with your child. Use the conversation starters to spark a discussion about the topic and skills. • HANDS-ON: Play and learn together with a simple hands-on activity. Don't forget to send it back to school to celebrate and share with your teacher! • PARENT GUIDE: Get tips and ideas for supporting school readiness in your everyday routines.


Will the media and activities change? +


Sesame Family is a dynamic site with content that updates throughout the year. Your child's teacher will select topics related to the learning covered at school. Visit the site regularly to enjoy new content and ideas for fun family learning.


When should we use Sesame Family? +


The Sesame Family experience is designed to fit your family's busy schedule. The goal of the site is to support shared learning whenever you can, wherever you are. Any time you find a few moments, whether it's waiting at the doctor's office or quiet moments before bed, you can explore Sesame Family together. We suggest spending 15 minutes per week with the videos and games, and 15 minutes for hands-on learning. Ready for more ideas? Follow the link to Sesamestreet.org.


Can my child play independently, or do I need to be there? +


The main goal of Sesame Family is to support shared learning experiences between you and your child, but that doesn't mean your child can't have fun on his own! Take time to visit the site together and use our conversation sparks to help talk about school learning. Afterwards, if your child is interested, he can reinforce the learning by replaying the videos and games independently.


What is there for parents at Sesame Family? +


Sesame Family is as much for parents and the other caring adults in a child's life as it is for your child. Parents and caregivers can: • Learn about the topics and skills your child is exploring at school • Explore media and hands on activities to promote shared learning at home and on the go • Receive tips and strategies on helping your child learn and grow • Be a more active partner with the teacher in your child's development • Feel a stronger connection to your child's classroom community


Can I share my child's Sesame Family with other family members (grandparents, aunts/uncles, older siblings, babysitter, child care provider)? +


There may be several important adults in your child's life who support her learning. We encourage you to share your Sesame Family link with other family members to explore together with your child.


Can I access Sesame Family on a smart phone, tablet, or other mobile device? What are the technical requirements? +


Sesame Family is designed for play wherever you are – on a desktop computer or any mobile device (iOS or Android). All you need is an Internet connection to unpack the learning. We support the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8-11, Chrome 34, Firefox 30 and Safari 5+ on desktops. iOS 6.0+ on Safari, Android 4.0+ Android Browser and Android 4.0+ Chrome Browser on tablets and mobile devices.


Why do I see different games when I visit this site on different devices? +


Different devices support different technologies, so some games only play on certain devices. If you play a game on your desktop computer and later access the site through your tablet, you may not find that same game because the tablet doesn't support it.


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