Sesame Street teaches many new concepts to children and it is surprising to parents how much a child really can learn from watching Sesame Street, until they see the actual results. I was talking to one mom who I admired for her dedication to and parenting of her son. She taught him to learn to read at a young age and I asked how she began and why.
She mentioned that she had observed him while he was watching Sesame Street and was just delighted to see that he had already began recognizing many of the letters and their sounds on his own by just watching the program. Afterwards, she began more purposeful in teaching reading and he was able to learn to read as a preschooler.
Sesame Street used in conjunction with learning at home is a wonderful tool. It makes learning fun and thus makes parents realize that children can learn when it fun: that is probably the best type of learning for kids or anyone else.