Each themed episode is brimming with unabashedly educational content targeted primarily at preschoolers, though kindergartners and first graders are likely to get something out of it. This can be a highly effective way to reinforce basic concepts.
Each episode lasts a little over half an hour, with lengths varying slightly based on the amount of time kids spend engaged in each activity. The starting disc comes with eight episodes. Additional content, including segments spanning the show's 30-year history, can be downloaded through the Kinect Sesame Street app for Xbox; a season pass comes with the game.Continue reading Show less
Playing Kinect Sesame Street TV is like playing inside an episode of the acclaimed PBS show. Kids play by standing in front of the Kinect camera and interacting with characters that appear on-screen. The monster Elmo, for example, might ask kids to throw something, cuing the player to make a throwing motion. Other activities might prompt kids to talk to the screen, though the game doesn't really understand what they're saying. Some segments are less interactive, with kids simply watching as they would a regular episode of the TV show.
Kids aren't graded, but characters offer encouragement and praise when the Kinect sensor bar registers that they've done something resembling what was requested. It's impossible to fail at any of the activities, though, ensuring kids never get discouraged.
The range of subjects covered is broad. Kids learn about science as they watch characters test the buoyancy of various materials. They learn about sharing, social skills, and family structures in story-based segments that focus on emotional development. And, of course, they get to practice letters, numbers, and even a little spelling and counting.
Lightly educational segments likely to stick with kids include a parody of "Glee" that sends up the letter G, and Feist's now-classic Sesame Street version of "1, 2, 3, 4." Segments with a little more interaction have kids clap to distinguish letters on-screen and keep an eye peeled for specific types of objects that appear in the background, then point and yell "picture" when they see them. Some parts encourage physical exercise by instructing kids to get up, jump around, and dance while watching themselves on-screen.
Key Standards Supported
Counting And Cardinality
Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.
Count to 100 by ones and by tens.
Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.
Measurement And Data
Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object.
Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.3
Number And Operations In Base Ten
Understand that the two digits of a two-digit number represent amounts of tens and ones. Understand the following as special cases:
Operations And Algebraic Thinking
Relate counting to addition and subtraction (e.g., by counting on 2 to add 2).
Key Standards Supported
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Reading Foundational Skills
Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
Speaking & Listening
Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.
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