Elmo hugs a small dog.

Sesame Street Season 52 Curriculum

Alan, Wes, and Elmo cheer on a robot dog.

Season 52 Curriculum: Playful Problem-Solving: Positive Approaches to Learning

Sesame Street’s 52nd season continues a playful problem-solving curriculum. After conducting expansive research, Sesame Workshop identified that today’s preschoolers struggle to maintain curiosity, creativity, and perseverance in the face of challenges. This impacts their ability to navigate obstacles at school and beyond, particularly through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In Season 52, Sesame Street Muppets, human cast members, and guest stars face challenges that require flexible thinking – a critical school readiness skill that is particularly crucial as children continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on learning. They use the phrase “I Wonder…What if…Let’s Try!” along with corresponding gestures of pointer finger to temple, chin, and in the air, respectively, to aid comprehension. This framework for finding solutions is used in Street Stories, new Elmo & Tango’s Mysterious Mysteries segments, and interstitials, helping kids solve new problems that are directly connected to each episode.

Read on for examples of “I Wonder…What If…Let’s Try” coming to life in this season’s episodes:

Elmo hugs a small dog.
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Sesame Street Season 52