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Professor: Dr. Roger Klein Media Psychology: PSY 1050 12/07/09 Sesame Street’s Effect on Preschoolers Forty years ago, one of the world’s most famous children’s television shows came to be. For forty years, Sesame Street has been one of the most popular choices of television for toddlers and preschoolers. This television program was designed not only for entertainment but also with the intention to educate preschoolers. Children’s Television Workshop (CTW) originally created Sesame Street for the United States, but soon enough it became a popular choice of educational shows for toddlers across the globe. It was the only series that had attempted to educate kids while they thought they were just watching a fun show. Sesame Street has provided and still provides a fun and educational learning experience for toddlers as they get older. A combination of live actors, animation, puppets, and other creatures come together to become one of the most successful and admired television programs in the world. The reason for such a program is that the team of educational advisors, professional researchers, and TV production specialists joined together to bring the art of entertainment and specific pedagogical aims to every child, especially the ones of low-income families, since Sesame Street is available to everyone anywhere with a television set. Sesame Street provides children with the fundamentals of reading by teaching letters and word recognition. Also, mathematics is turned into a fun experience by the characters ot the show counting interesting and fascinating objects, like bats and flowers. Another goal of Sesame Street is to teach children basic life skills such as proper hygiene and good, healthy eating habits. Most of all, Sesame Street gives its young viewers self-confidence, provids them with a chance to learn, teach them how special everything is: no matter what, and that children can do anything
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they put their minds to. Besides teaching the fundamental knowledgeto kids, the programm ensures that kids keep watching the show throurg how the entertainment is presented by songs, storytelling, and humor. Today, after forty years, Sesame Street still continues to be one of the most successful, most educational, and most watched television programs around the world. The article by Shalom Fisch et al, “The Impact of Sesame Street on Preschool Children: A Review and Synthesis of 30 years’ Research” illustrates not only the early and recent effect Sesame Street has on children but also how it influences children’s social behavior around the globe. After watching two Sesame Street broadcasts, I was better able to see the volue of Fischs argument. Since the start of this television program, its main intention has been to teach toddlers and preschoolers and have their minds experience early development at home rather than only at school. In 1971 the Educational Testing Service did the first documented studies on the Sesame Streets education impact on children. The testing
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