SesameStreet.org

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

There are plenty of good lessons on topics like getting along with others, feelings, and appreciating other cultures.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

There's a small "sponsored by" ad at the bottom of each page and a "shop" link that goes to SesameWorkshop.org, which has a Sesame store.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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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.)

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • vocabulary
  • letter or word recognition
  • naming
  • phonics
  • spelling

Math

  • addition
  • measurement
  • numbers
  • counting
  • shapes

Science

  • weather

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding

Arts

  • singing
  • drawing
  • movement
  • music

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • asking questions

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Emotional Development

  • self-awareness
  • empathy
  • identifying emotions
  • labeling feelings

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

Responsibility & Ethics

  • respect for others
  • embracing differences
  • honoring the community
  • learning from consequences

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids will certainly find something that engages them among Sesame Street's vast collection of videos and games, especially if they already have favorite characters.

Learning Approach

Videos are brimming with opportunities to learn, and some games are more successful than others in carrying that learning over to an interactive experience. The site lacks any kind of tracking or progress recording.

Support

Adults can take advantage of a multitude of suggestions for extending learning beyond the screen, including printable worksheets. However, the site’s presentation can be a bit confusing, which might overwhelm kids.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • vocabulary
  • letter or word recognition
  • naming
  • phonics
  • spelling

Math

  • addition
  • measurement
  • numbers
  • counting
  • shapes

Science

  • weather

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding

Arts

  • singing
  • drawing
  • movement
  • music

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • asking questions

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Emotional Development

  • self-awareness
  • empathy
  • identifying emotions
  • labeling feelings

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

Responsibility & Ethics

  • respect for others
  • embracing differences
  • honoring the community
  • learning from consequences

Kids can learn about numbers, letters, colors, shapes, and more from hundreds of videos and games featuring their favorite Muppets. Like the beloved TV series, SesameStreet.org introduces little ones to preschool and early elementary math and language concepts. Grover, Elmo, Ernie, and the rest of the gang also teach life skills, from brushing your teeth to dealing with feelings. Songs and art activities allow kids to express themselves creatively. Lively content from a trusted brand makes SesameStreet.org educational and fun for both kids and their parents.

This Learning Rating review was written by Susan Yudt

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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  • 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.

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Parent of a 3 year old Written bychipmunck November 26, 2009
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3
QUALITY
 

Great Site for the Sesame Street Lover!

I love this website because it uses my childs favorite character (Elmo) to help direct him through different content. Learning games and fun Sesame Street Clips that I even enjoyed as a kid. Easy for my 3 yr old to navigate. Though sometimes it gets hung up in areas that I need to help out with. This site also offers Spanish content, plus Spanish learning content! Great plus!
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Educational value
Great messages
Parent of a 17 year old Written bylove2 October 4, 2009
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2
QUALITY
 

iffy for 2

i say iffy for 2 becaus kids that young shouldent be playing on the computor they should be outside playing or learning. plus even some of the sinpilest games will be confusing and hard for a 2 year old. leave playing on the computor till there 3.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Educational value
Great messages
Kid, -1 years old June 27, 2009
AGE
2
QUALITY
 
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Great messages
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