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Sesame Street
Are You Ready for School?
Air date January 4, 2024
Season Season 54 (2023-2024)
Sponsors S, 12


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Elmo introduces today's subject: school. His dad makes sure he has everything he needs in his backpack, including his lunchbox.
(First: Episode 5125)
SCENE 1 Ji-Young and Baby Bear overhear Grover erroneously describe school to soon-to-be Kindergarteners Rudy and Zoe, mentioning "rhyme time" and "pogo stick time." The orange monsters express nerves, partly because they don't know how to ride a pogo stick. Baby Bear and Ji-Young teach the two that neither "time" Grover mentioned is actually a real Kindergarten feature, and they will explain how school really works with a game show...

SCENE 1 cont'd Ji-Young introduces the show, "Are You Ready for School," with a few backup singers. And, with Baby Bear, she introduces the two teams: Cookie Monster/Zoe and Rudy/Grover, the prize of two stickers, and the rule that you must raise your hand if you think you've got the answer. Zoe raises her hand as practice, which gets confused by Ji-Young for a question. Zoe's confirmation is met with audience laughter sounds. Then, everyone practices raising their hands.
SCENE 1 cont'd The first question is asked: in the morning, when everyone comes together to sit in the circle, do you lift weights, play baseball, or sit in a circle? Grover excitedly yells out that he knows the answer, forgetting he must raise his hand. Cookie Monster does raise his hand, but simply answers "cookie." Rudy then raises his hand and correctly answers the question, getting his team the point.

SCENE 1 cont'd Now it's time for the "Cubby Corner Quiz." Baby Bear opens three cubbies labeled with numbers. Cubby #1 has crayons, cubby #2 has an apple, and cubby #3 has a backpack. Before the cubbies are closed for the teams to remember their contents, Ji-Young gets out her guitar and leads "The Alphabet Song." Ji-Young asks which cubby has something starting with A. Rudy assumes, the first, considering A is the first letter of the alphabet, but of course "crayons" starts with C. Zoe guesses the second, remembering it contains an apple. She's correct, and the score is now tied.
SCENE 1 cont'd Now it's the "Chance Round," and Cookie Monster pulls a lever which randomly selects a question: at the end of the day, when all your art supplies are on the table, what do you do? Cookie Monster incorrectly guesses "eat them." Grover says, "you'd think I'd know this one; I make a mess all the time," and Rudy mentions he always cleans it up, leading him to realize the answer to the question is "clean it up." Rudy and Grover now lead 2-1.
SCENE 1 cont'd It's snack time! There are four monsters but only two cookies. What do you do? Zoe realizes you can simply break each cookie in half. The group shares the cookies, and everyone mimics Cookie Monster's eating style. Zoe's correct answer ties up the score, and everyone gets stickers. Rudy and Zoe declare they're ready for Kindergarten.
Insert I Wonder, What If, Let's Try
Elmo observes Austin and Nohra playing school, with Nohra as a teacher and Austin as a student.

Muppets Elmo and friends sing and clap as they find out the letter of the day - S.
(First: Episode 5007)

Celebrity Quinta Brunson acts as a teacher to Elmo, Abby and Cookie Monster, and begins her lesson on kindness. Abby and Elmo brainstorm ways to be kind, such as helping with cooking, watering the garden, and inviting new friends. Cookie Monster is unable to come up with anything that doesn't involve eating inedible objects. During snack break, Cookie Monster realizes he can share his snacks as a way of being kind. Grover then arrives as a custodian to help clean up the crumbs, another way to be kind.
Muppets Elmo and Big Bird hear the sounds of the next segment coming up...
(First: Episode 5102)
Cartoon Abby's Amazing Adventures
Basket takes Abby and Rudy to a school where they prepare lunches as part of the cafeteria crew.
(First: Episode 4918)
Muppets Cookie Monster and friends sing as they wait for the number of the day, which is how many cookies are being baked for him (to eat). Today's number is 12.
(First: Episode 4710)
Muppets Elmo's World (Monster Edition): School
(First: Episode 5325)
SCENE 2 Ji-Young, Zoe, and Rudy sign off, and Rudy is very excited about his sticker.


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