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Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame

Sesame Street winner teaches kids how to keep calm and carry on

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Grades

Pre-K–1

Subjects & Skills

Character & SEL, Critical Thinking, English Language Arts, Health & Wellness

Great for

SEL, Special Needs

Price: Free
Platforms: Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Pros: Kids will relate to the everyday problems and learn strategies for dealing with them.

Cons: Belly-tapping and bubble-popping run a bit long for young attention spans.

Bottom Line: Highly effective tool for whole-class instruction or one-on-one intervention.

Although Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame is designed for parents to use at home, teachers can use it in class as well. Teachers or counselors could work with kids individually or in small groups, using the scenarios to model calming and decision-making strategies. Teachers could also use it as a whole-class, culture-creating activity. They could start the school year with a mini-lesson a day on how to handle a frustrating situation, working on breathing, thinking, and doing. The class could adopt the phrase "breathe, think, do" as a reminder to themselves when they're getting frustrated. After working through the five scenarios, kids could work in small groups to create skits about frustrating situations not included in the app, showing how they could work through them using the "breathe, think, do" technique.

Sesame Street's newest human resident, Mando (introduced in the fall of 2013), narrates while kids and a blue monster together tackle everyday frustrations -- like struggling to tie shoes, dealing with separation anxiety, taking turns, and going to bed -- and learn how to deal with them. Students must work through one problem before unlocking the next. Animated video clips show the blue monster's problem, then kids tap his belly to help him breathe deeply and calm down. When the monster is calm, students tap thought bubbles, which produces three possible strategies. Students get to choose which strategy the monster will try and then see him do it in another animated video clip. The technique of breathing, thinking, and doing is reinforced throughout.

Kids will identify with each of the five problems, and they'll not only learn to calm down with deliberate deep breathing, they'll also be introduced to three possible strategies for working through each problem. While waiting for a turn on a slide, for example, kids learn they might sing a song, count items around them, or ask a grownup for help. The parent section includes even more tips for helping kids develop resilience by giving them tools for solving everyday problems. Every detail is backed by research. Most scenarios include an option for going to an adult for help, so kids will learn to try to solve their own problems, but still know they can go to a parent or teacher for help.

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Engagement

Adorable, familiar Sesame Street characters engage kids, who'll have fun actively helping the blue monster deal with problems.

Pedagogy

Kids are empowered to choose how the monster deals with each situation; strategies will transfer into their personal toolbox for dealing with similar situations.

Support

Verbal instructions walk kids through each step. Language options include English and Spanish.

Common Sense reviewer
Amanda B.
Amanda B. Teacher

Community Rating

Through this game students are able torecognize and interact with their favorite Sesame Street characters, while being able to learn 5 different methods of handling troubling situations , they may come across through their days, in the process.

For many students at the recommend grade level, Preschool, it is common to have little to no experience of spending time away from their parents and interacting with other children their age. With these unfamiliar elements being introduced, many students begin to become frustrated, whether when it is told that they have to share or come to realize that their parents can't stay in school with them. This software allows for children to become accustomed with these feelings and learn to deal with them and take responsibility, through helping their favorite Sesame Street characters take deep breaths and choosing the correct path to take. I believe the fact that the app is by Sesame Street is crucial, as it does help students deal and learn with frustration better when they are able to recognize a familiar face, or in this case monster !

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Data Safety How safe is this product?

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  • Users can create or upload content.
  • Users retain ownership of their data.
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