Monday, November 9, 2009

Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street? Happy 40th Anniversary Sesame Street!

Today marks the 40th Anniversary of one of the greatest streets in the United States – Sesame Street. Generations of kids (myself included) have learned to read and count on Sesame Street. We all grew up with our favorite residents and tuned in each day to see what they were up to, not realizing how much we were learning at the same time. Who were your favorite characters?

When Sesame Street first aired on November 10, 1969 it was met with critical praise from the start. The show used Jim Henson’s muppets, along with animation and live actors to capture the attention of children long enough to teach them something. Not only did the show address early education skills like reading and writing, it also tackled a myriad of other skills and topics from how to cross the street safely to understanding different emotions. Sesame Street also covered events in American history and the idea of democracy with great humor. Below are some clips from Sesame Street’s long history. The final clips show the Street’s depiction of events in American history. Here’s to another 40 years on Sesame Street!

Here is Big Bird from Sesame Street’s first season in 1969

Cookie Monster singing about something we both love…cookies

Sesame Street also tackled American history…as only they could

Besides teaching Kids of all ages about reading and writing, Sesame Street also taught kids about Democracy. Watch as the muppets teach kids about voting.

What would a series of Sesame Street clips be without a glimpse of the most famous muppet of them all- Kermit the Frog. Here is Kermit reporting from the scene of the Boston Tea Party (where he helps clear up some confusion).

[Image via applescoop]

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