A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Every episode has a specific educational lesson, from learning vocabulary words to social-emotional learning. Lessons are introduced, explained, and practiced by the characters, giving kids lots of opportunities to see them in practice.
Messages of curiosity and finding solutions through communication are strongly developed. Idea that everyone needs help sometimes highlights the importance of teamwork and community. Mental, physical, and emotional health are a main focus. Episodes aim to give kids confidence to problem-solve and work through challenges both independently and as a team. Support of others is a major theme, with messages like "you are important" and "you can effect change." Each topic is approached with a kindness and consideration that's comforting, appropriate, and accessible to young children.
Positive Role Models
Adults featured in each episode listen respectfully to understand the questions or concerns asked by children (or Muppets). They guide children to find reasonable solutions by asking thoughtful questions and offering tips and suggestions. All children and adults in the show act responsibly and thoughtfully, demonstrating healthy and effective communication skills. The lesson is to be the best we can be and to recognize that we are stronger together.
Elmo and his Muppet friends interact with kids and adults from a wide range of backgrounds and ethnicities. People of varied skills, ages, abilities, and personalities are highlighted. Tasks and jobs are done by all members of the community without subscribing to stereotypical roles. The show represents families of different socioeconomic backgrounds and their different experiences. In an episode about food insecurity, children and adults demonstrate teamwork by volunteering to collect and distribute food for families in the community. Resources for families seeking support are offered at the end of the episode. This show is the Spanish language version of its English counterpart.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sesame en las Comunidades is a Spanish-language podcast that's educational and entertaining for young children. Lessons center around social-emotional learning and vocabulary building to help kids navigate the world around them. Significant life lessons are discussed, including themes of personal and emotional well-being, simple math, money, and getting ready for school. More sensitive and delicate subjects such as hunger issues, planning for an emergency, and facing challenges are also included and are managed gently and clearly. Curiosity is satisfied through honest communication and conversations, helping kids understand and work with difficult emotions and challenges. There's a strong sense of helping kids learn problem-solving skills and feel confident in being able to work through difficult situations. Themes center around communication, curiosity, and teamwork. The podcast offers a comforting setting where young children can be exposed to and practice life and language skills.
Is It Any Good?
Young viewers (and their parents) will be delighted to hear their pal Elmo along with other familiar friends in this charming and educational series. Sesame en las Comunidades doesn't disappoint, continuing the series' history of engaging educational programming. Each episode includes clear, quality conversation, examples of strong role models, and suggestions for how to solve the kind of common day-to-day issues and challenges kids face. With songs helping to reinforce each lesson, kids will feel like singing and dancing along with their Muppet friends. Parents will benefit from support and guidance on how to address potentially tricky issues, as well as the additional resources offered at the end of every episode.
The episodes in this series have staying power with material that is fresh, relevant, and meaningful.
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