Did you know that on September 16 Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization, launched Sesame Street’s 44th season on PBS KIDS? Yes, that is right it’s 44th season! In celebration of the premiere of the 44th season a few fellow bloggers, including myself, were invited to a special online chat with Cookie Monster himself. My kids were static to see Cookie Monster live via spreecast, they couldn’t believe that Cookie Monster was talking to us. Several kids had the chance to ask questions to Cookie Monster, he even said a few words in Spanish, galleta! Although we didn’t get the opportunity to actually speak directly to Cookie Monster, the kids were happy and I was thrilled that they got to experience it for themselves. Check out some of the highlights from what Sesame Street’s 44th season has in-store for kids and grown-ups alike …
The 44th season will be highlighted by a new funny segment entitled “Cookie’s Crumby Pictures.” In each five-minute segment of “Cookie’s Crumby Pictures” children will learn many strategies and activities that promote the self-regulation curriculum.
Check it out below…
“Cookie’s Crumby Pictures” is a brand new segment that parodies the coming attractions of popular movies and reinforces the show’s self-regulation curriculum. For 44 years, Cookie Monster has struggled with intermittent success to consciously control his thoughts, actions and emotions. Through seven hilarious spoofs, including “Life of Whoopie Pie,” “The Spy Who Loved Cookies,” “Les Mousserables” and “The Hungry Games,” we’ll see Cookie Monster attempt to master executive function skills – a key component of self-regulation. He’ll display self-control (try not to eat the cookie), delayed gratification (eat the cookie later), flexible thinking (think about something else so you don’t eat the cookie), working memory (remember a strategy that worked before to keep from eating the cookie) and task persistence (being motivated to not give up while waiting to eat the cookie). Along with Cookie Monster, children will also learn about identifying and managing emotions and empathy.
Additionally, Sesame Street viewers will get to watch the new Latino neighbor, “Armando,” played by actor Ismael Cruz Córdova. Other season highlights include new original songs and street stories; new “Elmo the Musical” segments; new animations and, as always, new hilarious spoofs and celebrity appearances!
Sesame Street’s 44th season celebrities and headline makers includes: Academy Award-winning and nominated actors Charlize Theron, Forest Whitaker and Anna Kendrick; Golden Globe-winning and nominated actors Lauren Graham and Sarah Michelle Gellar; Emmy Award-winning and nominated actors Hank Azaria, Audra McDonald, Tyra Banks, Benjamin Bratt and Tom Bergeron; Grammy Award-winning musicians Usher, Dave Matthews and Romeo Santos; Superman’s Henry Cavill; Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage; True Blood’s Rutina Wesley; The Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar; How I Met Your Mother’s Cobie Smulders; Grey’s Anatomy’s Jesse Williams; Once Upon A Time’s Ginnifer Goodwin; Mike & Molly’s Billy Gardell; actors Tyler Perry, John Cho, Josh Gad and J.R. Martinez; Pittsburgh Steelers’ and NFL star safety Troy Polamalu; Houston Rockets’ center and NBA Slam Dunk Champion Dwight Howard; Los Angeles Angels’ star and three-time National League MVP Albert Pujols; Olympic Gold-medalist Evan Lysacek and musical group Pentatonix. For more information visit SesameStreet.org.
Disclosure: I was provided with the information in this post by Sesame Workshop. No compensation was received.