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Counting the Number Zero

 Number of the Day:  Zero

Counting is very big in our house. It started with counting for “Hide-n-Seek” (where they started saying “eleventeen” which tickled us to no end.) Then came counting Snow White’s Dwarfs, and mermaids, and horses, and, and, and... Basically, any moment in the day can be a counting opportunity, as you will see in Marty’s video of the girls at the Aquarium:
 

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I started the girls with counting backwards recently and was astonished when I went down from 10-1 and then Lyra said, “What about zero?” 

“Zero?”

I have no recollection of ever teaching her zero. How she knows it is a wondrous surprise. She really gets the concept, too. Just the other morning, they were looking in the mirror at who had little sticker gems on their foreheads. Ripley had two. Lyra had zero and her doll had zero. She came running in to tell me the results and I was bursting with pride.    

 

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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?

Sommer

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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?

Edward

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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.

Glenda

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