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Know Your Numbers

Curriculum of the Day: Counting

When it comes to knowing numbers, I can honestly say I don’t think our 20-month-old twins have the slightest idea what they are. They hold their big, chewy numbers and toss them around, but they hold no numerical significance. We count with them all the time. Just this morning, we counted (meaning, I read) “10 Sheep to Put Elmo to Sleep.” Marty and I always point to and count the animals at the farm. I have yet to hear them say anything except “two babo.” Translated that means “two baboons” in a flap book we own. However, I think they are just mimicking me.

But do we care? No. We feel strongly they will get their numbers when they are ready. We’re very big about “when they are ready.” Right now, they are very, very interested in learning nouns. They endlessly want to read books and have us point to objects they can identify. Or, they point to the object and we identify it. Over and over and over again.   

As you can see above in Marty’s “Know your Numbers” film with Telly, numbers are for another day.

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Like your family we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Like one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children to be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?


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How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

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I read in 40 Years of Life on the Street about an incident involving Snuffy's puppet where a sombrero caused the wood frame to collapse on you and Bryant Young. Did they rebuild the puppet after that or did they just make a new one?


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I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. My daughter Kylie (who just turned two yesterday) loves to ask if we are going to see "the babies." Thank you so much to you and Marty for bringing the joy of Sesame Street into our lives every day.

Kendal and Kylie Montreal, Canada

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I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others.


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