From Sesame to You!
Getting Ready for School
We do many things to prepare for the school day. Can you remember the steps?
Breaking the Ice
Starting out in a new school means meeting new people. How would you introduce yourself to someone new?
Sesame friends share their stories. Read along and then create your own!
Students draw animations and rap about what happens at school. What do you think your school will be like?
Abby learns that school helps people prepare and train for a career, a job you plan to do for a long time. What would you like to be when you grow up?
The Biscotti Kid
Cookie Monster learns a trick to help him focus. When could this trick help you?
We all have the superpower to show kindness and caring to others. How can you be an everyday hero for your family, friends, and at school?
Look at Me Now!
You’ve learned so much this year. Now it’s time for new faces and places.
Share a rhyming poem about moving up, then illustrate it to celebrate some ways you’ve learned and grown!
All through the year, I've learned and I've grown.
I give thanks and give hugs for the good friends I've known.
As I look back and smile and say my goodbyes,
I look ahead with excitement - to the BIG school I fly!
Saying goodbye to preschool can be hard, but it can be an exciting time too. New friends and new adventures are waiting in kindergarten!
Here are some tips to help make the transition to “big school” easier for you and your child.
Use the everyday moments leading up to kindergarten to help your child get ready:
• Encourage reading, writing, and storytelling all summer long.
• Talk about the importance of taking turns, listening to the teacher, and following the classroom rules.
• Give opportunities for your child to make decisions and problem-solve on their own.
• Practice how to introduce yourself to a new friend.
Growing up is filled with transitions. There are small ones, like moving from one activity to the next, and bigger ones, like saying morning goodbyes. The leap from preschool to kindergarten is a big one! Help your child manage the range of emotions that may come with this new adventure:
• Visit the classroom and meet your new teacher.
• Talk about any changes to your routines; before, during, or after school.
• Decide on a quiet, comfortable place for homework and school conversations.
• Give hugs and encouragement to your budding ‘big kid’!
Videos & Games
Exploring media together helps spark learning and conversations. Talk about what you see and help your child make connections to your family’s experiences.
Getting Ready for School – Morning routines
Breaking the Ice – Making introductions
The Biscotti Kid - Learning to focus
Everyday Hero – Being kind
Look At Me Now! Poem
This writing activity celebrates how your child has learned and grown over the past year. It also reinforces important school readiness skills:
• Sharing information through drawing and writing
• Asking and answering questions
• Retelling past events
Share your child’s Look at Me Now! book to help your new teacher get to know your child’s strengths and accomplishments!
Sesame NYC Family is brought to you by Sesame Workshop, the non-profit, educational organization behind Sesame Street. 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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