Sesame Street is a pretty awesome show. Not only do I remember loving the show as a child, but as an adult, I now understand how educational it is and how much effort goes into making it so. From counting with the Count von Count to learning about recycling with Oscar the Grouch, there’s a lot of learning material packed into a show that is fun to watch for kids.
Now, Sesame Street has launched a new multimedia site aimed at improving literacy for young children, and helping families (and caregivers) learn to make the most out of every opportunity for talking, reading, and writing. They cite an interesting statistic as part of the motivation for this project: ‘By the age of four, a child from a high-income family has been exposed to 35 million more words than a child from a low-income family. Low-income children miss out on over 400 hours of literacy-related activities that high-income children experience.’
Aptly named “Every Day is a Reading and Writing Day“, the site offers videos, games, and resources for children, along with tips and tricks for parents to help encourage their young student. Trying to make the most of everyday situations to learn vocabulary is a main theme, and many of the resources (like the one below) are printable so you can keep them around for easy access. Whether you have a child of your own at home, are working with young children, or have slightly older students who are behind on their literacy skills and vocabulary, many of the resources you’ll find on their site can be immensely helpful. Click here to access the full site.