Sesame Street – #405
Most of us have seen a least a couple of episodes of Sesame Street and have a character or two that are our favorites – for me, it is Oscar the Grouch. I love the idea that you didn’t always have to be perfect and people would still come around and visit you! For years Sesame Street has been providing deployment materials for preschool children (for free) in military families and now they have released a new collection of resources for military families with children 6-9yrs old. These innovative materials, produced by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street and The Electric Company, are designed to help elementary school-aged children and families stay connected and communicate during times of tremendous change and uncertainty.
Provided in cooperation with the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, these new resources include:
- FamiliesNearAndFar.org – a free bilingual website designed for military families (English and Spanish)
- Feel Electric! – a free mobile app, available on the App Store, that encourages children to explore and express their emotions
“Sesame Street and The Electric Company are thrilled to introduce Military Families Near and Far, which expands our Military Families Initiative to elementary school children and their parents,” said H. Melvin Ming, president and CEO of Sesame Workshop. “During this month of the military family, I can’t think of a better way to renew our commitment to military families and to let them know we care and are here to help.”
“The latest addition to the Sesame Street materials for military families, Military Families Near and Far, is a tremendous resource for our military families. These new tools will continue to help parents and kids connect, share, thrive and learn different ways to become more resilient as a military family,” said Navy Capt. Paul S. Hammer, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury director.
Choreographer Brian Thomas joins Jessica and Shock from The Electric Company as they teach families at Joint Base Myer Henderson-Hall the dance to the new “Let it Out” video as part of Sesame Workshop’s newest resources for military families. © 2011 Sesame Workshop. Photo by: Evy Mages.
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