Monday, June 8, 2009
"Sesame Street," now in hi-definition for the first time, premieres a new season of the critically-acclaimed preschool series will merge two crucial areas: mathematics and literacy. Research shows that while all young children have knowledge about everyday arithmetic, language skills can be a barrier for them to explain their mathematical thinking. This language deficit may be one reason why low income children generally perform lower on tests of mathematical abilities than middle-income children. To address this gap, the 39th season of Sesame Street will put mathematical reasoning into words across the different formats of the hour (street stories, live action films, and animation). Games, videos and printables are available online.