Sesame Street: Ready for School!

  • Review Date: July 18, 2007
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 45 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Elmo makes starting school look like a blast.
  • Review Date: July 18, 2007
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 45 minutes

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Elmo and his friends show great cheerfulness and enthusiasm about going to school and sharing their experiences.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this DVD is a perfect way to let young children entering preschool or kindergarten know what to expect. Elmo is enthusiastic about his chance to go to school one day, but other characters talk about feeling lonely or scared on their own first days, and how they got through it. The quick pacing and cheerful songs keep the mood light and easy.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

SESAME STREET: READY FOR SCHOOL is a sweet musical that helps kids understand what to expect on their first day of school. Every toddler's favorite Muppet, Elmo (voiced by Kevin Clash), talks with his friends up and down Sesame Street about their school experiences, and begins to form a picture of what the future holds for him. His excitement may be enough to help a shy or reluctant toddler overcome his or her own fears about school. Familiar faces include Gabi (Desiree Casado) and Miles (Olamide Faison), all grown up and ready to graduate from high school. As always with Sesame Street there are cameos -- in this case, Shirley Jones plays Mrs. (Mother) Goose, teacher at the Storybook Community School. The video also includes a special feature starring one of Sesame Street's newest residents, Abby Cadabra.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Scenes at the school, with its bevy of storybook characters like Jack and Jill and Peter Piper, include the usual Sesame Street humor that is aimed equally at adults and kids. While Elmo is extremely enthusiastic about starting school, not everyone else is; Baby Bear (David Rudman) worries about what his family is doing without him, and Gabi reminds Miles how shy he was in kindergarten. It's nice that the DVD acknowledges that not everyone will be as happy as Elmo on their first day, in a way that will make such kids feel understood.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what kids are expecting when they go to school. What do they think they'll like the most? What worries or concerns do they have, or, as a parent, what do you remember worrying about on your first day? Families might play school like Mr. Alan does with Elmo, letting kids decide which activities to do.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 18, 2007
DVD release date:July 24, 2007
Cast:Fran Brill, Frank Oz, Kevin Clash
Director:Ken Diego
Studio:Sesame Workshop
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:45 minutes
MPAA rating:NR
MPAA explanation:not rated

This review of Sesame Street: Ready for School! was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

Anonymos 13 years old is dumb

This is great for toddlers
Teen, 14 years old Written by101playya April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

good stuff

this is good for kids that are younger that need help learning before they start school.....

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Digital Compass