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A Lot or a Little?
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Helps kids get ready for preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary school by addressing common kid and parent concerns. Offers tips, suggestions, and examples of how to be prepared, get started, and make new friends. Guidance and opportunities to practice key skills are offered by kids, parents, and teachers. Broken into similar but age-appropriate lessons for each grade level. Teacher Señorita Laura offers a tip of the day, and episodes are wrapped up with an interactive game to reinforce the lesson.
Trying something new is exciting but can be scary; it's natural to feel a little anxious starting school, but being prepared and ready to try new things makes new experiences more fun. Making friends can be as easy as saying hello or sharing a toy. The central themes are having courage to face the unknown and confidence to navigate new experiences.
Positive Role Models
Rosita and Sofía are the Muppet and human podcast hosts, offering friendly and realistic conversations about first-day-of-school jitters and suggestions for how to have a successful school year. They show great examples of communicating feelings, both positive and difficult, with empathy and understanding. Real kids and parents share their experiences and tips for the first day of school and help give listeners examples of what others have done.
Both kid and adult voices are represented and valued. The podcast is entirely in Spanish.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sesame Street Listos Para la Escuela is a useful training tool for younger students and their parents, teaching them the basics of what to expect and how to be prepared for a new school year. Themes center around courage, communication, and empathy and are conveyed through discussion of helpful topics for going back to school: making new friends, classroom rules, and morning routines. Episodes are broken down by grade, from preschool through first grade. Interviews of actual students and parents are helpful for families, providing relatable and reassuring responses that give examples of how interviewees have used the tips and tools being shared in the podcast to make a smooth transition to a new school year. Typical of the Sesame Street brand, this podcast presents a consistent kid- and family-forward series with high-quality lessons that are supportive and applicable.
Is It Any Good?
Kids' and families' feelings related to the unknown at the beginning of a new school year are addressed with empathy in this cheerful and thoughtful podcast. In Sesame Street Listos Para la Escuela, our youngest learners are given a series of tools to help them on their journey through what may be their first experiences in an academic and social setting with their peers. The topics are relevant and meaningful to both kids and parents, and set the foundation for a successful first day and school year. The addition of kid interviews helps children relate and identify with the messages on a more personal level, while the familiar and simple-to-follow games at the end of each episode give kids actionable skills to practice. The valuable lessons provided in this podcast are delivered in bite-sized pieces that are well worth the listen.
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