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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this highly interactive Sesame Street site is a fun, safe, and educational place for kids to play and learn. Parents can set up playlists of videos and games that even pre-readers can navigate through. Downloadable podcasts allow parents to take shows on the road -- or just watch them later. The PlaySafe feature available on some browsers allows parents to lock a playlist or game page so that kids left to play on their own can't get to other Web sites. (Note: We don't recommend preschoolers surf around online, and if they do, parents should be right next to them.)
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What's it about?
Elmo, Ernie, Grover, and friends have an online home at SESAMESTREET.ORG, a colorful collection of activities featuring the beloved Muppets. Parents who register on the site (user name and password only, no email) can create a My Street page for their child to store playlists -- collections of favorite videos and games. There's also a section of playlists created by Sesame, organized around subjects and educational themes. A special section for parents provides advice on topics like helping kids cope with stressful events and developing healthy habits.
Is it any good?
Kids will have a blast interacting with their furry Muppet friends in the simple yet lively games, while parents will appreciate the breadth of information presented, from tooth brushing for toddlers to simple math and reading for kids about to start school. Slower computers may get a bit bogged down by all the flash animation, but overall, the site is user-friendly, age-appropriate, and easy to navigate.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the topics addressed in the games and videos -- everything from what to do when you have to go to the bathroom to respecting people's differences.
Families can also talk about what age is right to use a computer and what are healthy computer habits to get into.
- Subjects: Math: addition, counting, measurement, numbers, shapes
Social Studies: cultural understanding
Language & Reading: following directions, letter or word recognition, naming, phonics, spelling, vocabulary
Arts: drawing, movement, music, singing
- Skills: Collaboration: cooperation, teamwork
Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences, honoring the community, learning from consequences, respect for others
Emotional Development: empathy, identifying emotions, labeling feelings, self-awareness
Thinking & Reasoning: asking questions, problem solving
Creativity: imagination, making new creations
- Genre: Educational
- Pricing structure: Free
For kids who love preschool games
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