Sesame Street’s 47th Season
The 47th Season of iconic children’s television program, Sesame Street, kicks off on Monday 3rd July, and as always, it features a dazzling array of celebrities, including Australia’s own multiple Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Sia singing “S is for Songs;” and Australian singing sensations Jess and Lisa Origliasso from The Veronicas singing ‘S is for Sibling’ in a fun, loving look at siblings.
Other celebrities to visit the street include R&B superstar Jason Derulo singing and dancing in “D is for Dance;” Tony Award-winning host of The Late Late Show James Corden teaching kids about Father’s Day; Grammy nominated pop star Tori Kelly singing “K is for Kindness;” and action star of the Avengers series Anthony Mackie teaching Cookie Monster how to cook a healthy meal.
This season, everyone’s favourite red monster stars in an updated, fun, and fresh version of “Elmo’s World.” In 25 five-min installments, lessons are taught through pre-school relevant topics, live action films, and interactive thinking games such as matching, sorting, and counting.
“We’re excited to bring back an inventive and interactive take on one of the most successful children’s television segments, ‘Elmo’s World,’ for today’s kids,” said Brown Johnson, EVP and Creative Director, Sesame Workshop. “Kids love to learn with Elmo, and they are sure to enjoy the beautiful new chalk-drawn world Elmo creates in his imagination. We are also thrilled to be working with the legendary ‘original’ Mr. Noodle, Bill Irwin, and proud to bring two new diverse and multi-talented Mr. Noodles into our ‘World.’”
In addition, the new season teaches children all about kindness. In a study released recently by Sesame Workshop, nearly three-quarters of U.S parents say they worry that the world is an unkind place for children. Sesame Street’s loveable monsters and diverse human cast address this by modelling positive interactions and the value of inclusion, listening to, and respecting others, and illustrating for both parents and children how to be caring and compassionate citizens.
Sesame Street’s kindness curriculum is woven throughout the new season, including a new “kindness cam” segment where kids, shown clips from the episode and live action films depicting real children doing similar acts of kindness, point out the kindness moment, thus reinforcing learning moments through repetition. In ‘The Kindness Kid’ episode, Zachary Levi visits Sesame Street to spread kindness in the neighbourhood. Grover wants to be a Kindness Kid too, but every time he tries to do something kind, he fails. Chris helps him realise that just trying to help someone is actually being kind.
Sesame Street content continues to be available to ABC2 viewers every weekday.