From Sesame to you!
Learning to Jump Rope
Learning new things takes practice and persistence. What’s something you learned by trying and trying again?
Grover's Workout Video
Our furry personal trainer runs, jumps, and swings his arms. What monster moves can you add to the workout?
Measure that Foot
Before they move their bodies, monsters need shoes that fit. Measure each monster’s foot and choose a shoe that is the same size.
Lindsay gets better at playing basketball with help from a friend. What have you learned to do with a little help?
Madlenka Plays Soccer
Madlenka pretends she's a big soccer star. What do you like to imagine when you play outside?
See how Gordon and Big Bird stay active on a rainy day. How do you keep moving when you’re indoors?
Elmo's Got the Moves
Wiggle like Elmo and waddle like Big Bird. Now add your own favorite moves!
Imagine you're wild animals trying to cross a river. A fallen tree makes a bridge. Try to keep your balance as you move across the bridge!
Use tape or a piece of string on the floor to help you imagine the bridge.
Pretend you’re a tiger. Can you slink on all fours, slowly and quietly? Try to keep your balance as you move across the bridge!
Try a new animal move. Can you march across the bridge like a tall bird taking big steps? Can you hop across, jumping high like a kangaroo? What other animal moves can you try?
Persistence at Play
Remember, learning new things takes persistence and practice. Balancing is a skill that develops over time. If you fall off the bridge, just get back on and keep trying!
Share at School
You did it! Now, draw a picture of your favorite animal crossing the bridge to share with your teacher.
Whether they’re running on the playground or dancing around the kitchen, children’s active play benefits both their physical development and their academic learning.
Here’s a peek at the learning inside Ready, Set, Move!
Children need to exercise their minds and bodies every day. The key to being active is simple. Keep moving and keep it fun!
• Dance together while making dinner.
• Count stairs as you climb them together.
• Hop, jump, or super step to the store together.
• Play a quick game of catch or tag.
All children get frustrated. When a task gets hard at home or at school, they may want to give up. Your encouragement and support can help them persist when they haven’t succeeded yet.
• Take it one step at a time.
• Point out times when you persist.
• Praise your child’s effort along the way.
• Remember, learning new things takes practice.
Your Sesame friends invite you to explore fun ways to stay active and healthy together. Use the carefully selected media to spark lively conversations and learning!
Learning to Jump Rope – Learning through practice
Grover’s Workout – Fun ways to exercise
Indoor Activities - Ways to stay active inside
Practicing Basketball – Learning with help
This movement activity reinforces school learning at home.
• Being persistent
• Whole body movement
• Using new movement words
Share your child’s animal drawing to connect the learning back to school!
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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