Teaching Your Child About Sesame Street

It's no wonder then that Sesame Street toys are so popular. Many children want to get their hands on as many Sesame Street toys as they can. These toys, which include books, puppets, posters, dolls, and costumes, teach basic concepts such as counting, colors, shapes, and animals along with some English words.

They help children develop gross and fine motor skills, as well as their ability to follow directions. Best of all, they entertain while building and fine motor skills. Most importantly, though, they spark imagination and promote language development.

It's interesting how the words are formed. At the start of the show, Big Bird creates a game by rubbing his nose in the dirt and saying, "Yuk!" Next, Cookie Monster asks, "How'd you like to see a Sesame Street marathon?" Next, Cookie Monster asks, "Where'd you get that hat? I used to live on Fifth Avenue."

As children watch, the words expand and contract, becoming more vivid and more understandable. If a child tries to pronounce these words correctly, he gets the point. On the flip side, if he tries to say them wrong, he gets the point.

As a parent, you can take these points and incorporate them into daily language activities for your child. For instance, when your child comes home from school, tell her that she's been given a Sesame Street Nina doll to play with. She'll love playing with it and, because she's been enjoying Sesame Street, she might learn at some point whether she likes to learn or not.

If you don't know which words to teach her, choose the most popular ones, and use stickers or other toys to encourage her to associate those words with what she hears on Sesame Street.

You might also want to start your child out with a few essential words, such as "Hello." The comments are easy to teach your child because they're used so often. Then, as your child grows, you can move on to more complicated conversations and sounds, such as "Good morning, Miss Piggy." These words will be harder to teach, but when your child starts learning, she'll have a broader vocabulary that includes many different names.

When the kids come back from school, talk to them about the show and how they learned to speak. Kids who watch Sesame Street automatically pick up the language. They'll recognize the characters onscreen and, through repetition, string together words that they hear on the show into sentences that they can use in conversation. As you introduce new words and phrases to your child, talk about how it's helping your daughter learn to speak a new language.

It's essential always to keep learning new languages in perspective. Your child doesn't have to thoroughly understand a second language by the time she reaches six years of age. Instead, it would help if you praised her for learning a new skill and allowing her to speak more than one language at once.

This will help her retain all of the information you've taught her and allow her to talk naturally and comfortably as she grows into a toddler and an older child. 

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