Sesame Street Curriculum Gets Preschool Kids Ready for School

For 50 years and counting, Sesame Street has nurtured young minds with its iconic television show, books, games, and more – all built on a research-based curriculum that addresses the unique needs of developing preschoolers. Now, for the first time in the show’s 50-year history, that curriculum is available as a comprehensive and approachable guide for parents.

With Ready for School!, Sesame Workshop’s Dr. Rosemarie Truglio helps parents of children aged 2-5 foster the school readiness skills that have made Sesame Street the most trusted name in educational media – not just ABCs and 123s, but the curiosity and resilience that helps kids thrive in school and beyond.

Each of the book’s eight chapters focuses on a key area:
• Language
• Literacy
• Math
• Science
• Logic & Reasoning
• Social & Emotional Development
• Healthy Habits
• The Arts

Written with busy families in mind, Ready for School! A Parent's Guide to Playful Learning for Children Ages 2 to 5 illustrates how parents are central to school readiness – and how opportunities for learning are everywhere. This helpful guide offers dozens of “Play & Learn” activities to help make the most of playtime, showing how playful learning can happen at the kitchen table, on the bus, in the park, or in the preschool classroom. Packed with tips and recommendations, easy-to-use charts that let parents mark their children’s milestones to ease the important job of preparing children for a life of learning.

Author Rosemarie T. Truglio, Ph.D. has been a vital presence at Sesame Workshop for more than two decades shaping the content our children see and learn from the show and live experiences. She is the Senior Vice President of Curriculum and Content at Sesame Workshop.

I've had the pleasure of meeting the author Dr. Rosemarie a couple of times. Most recently, during Social Media on the Sand at Beaches Resorts, which has Camp Sesame and other Sesame Street programming. I just wish I had her book when my twins were in Pre-K. They might be older now, but we still made and use this glitter jar that she recommended when they are upset.

Make Your Own Glitter Jar to Discuss Feelings and End Meltdowns

DIY Glitter Jar to Discuss Feelings - Sesame Street - Indoor Craft Activity for Preschoolers

Got a monster meltdown? We'll let you in on a secret: a glitter jar will turn a frown upside down in no time.

Rosemarie discussed how children often do not know yet how to control their emotions at this age and suggests building a glitter jar to talk to them about how they are feeling. That way, when they are having a meltdown, you can swirl the jar and say how you understand their feelings are swirling around like this, but to take big breaths as the glitter settles and hopefully, they will too.

These are the ingredients you'll need to help you handle an upset Lil monster like a pro.

  • A clear plastic jar or bottle with lid
  • Water
  • Glitter glue
  • Glitter, any color
DIY Glitter Jar Instructions: 
  1. Fill your jar or bottle 3/4 of the way full with water.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of glitter glue for each cup of water.
  3. Add glitter until it is 1/2 inch deep.
  4. Gently fill your jar the rest of the way with water.
  5. Use all of your might and muscle to twist the lid on tight.
  6. Shake your glittery concoction and prepare to be dazzled into calm as it s-l-o-w-l-y settles down.
DIY Glitter Jar

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