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Sesame Street

Learning Goals


How does Sesame Street help prepare children for school?

Since its debut in 1969, Sesame Street has been grounded on a comprehensive whole-child curriculum that supports preschoolers’ cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. The curriculum is created by in-house child psychologists, educators, and educational advisors, incorporating the latest research in child development and innovative approaches in early childhood education. While the series is designed to address all areas of children’s learning and development, the primary curricular focus changes every one or two seasons in order to meet preschoolers’ current critical needs.

Series Goals and Themes

Sesame Street helps children:

  • Develop early language and literacy skills such as letter knowledge, vocabulary, and reading and writing fundamentals.
  • Think things through and reason effectively through observation, asking questions, problem solving, and understanding other people’s perspectives.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of early mathematical concepts and language such as numbers, counting, addition, subtraction, geometric shapes, and patterns.
  • Label and express their feelings.
  • Cope constructively with their feelings and empathize with others.
  • Form positive relationships as they play, cooperate, and resolve conflicts.
  • Develop an appreciation and love for nature, and learn simple ways of showing care and stewardship for the environment.
  • Create and appreciate various forms of art such as visual art, music, and dance.
  • Incorporate healthy habits in their everyday lives by eating healthy foods, staying physically active, and practicing good hygiene.
  • Appreciate cultural diversity and children with various abilities.

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