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Letter of the day: All of them

Lyra and Ripley are starting to really get interested in letters. Particularly their own. One of our new car games is looking out the window for their letter. “There’s R for Ripley.” “There’s L for Lyra.” We also watch for “P” for Patricia, “M” for Mommy or Marty, and “A” for Annie. Often they will see an “H” and say “A” for Annie, which gives us a good learning moment. We also bought an alphabet wall hanging with pockets to hold different stuffed objects that start with the letter. This too, has become a game, where they take turns sticking their little goose or elephant into the correct slot. If they’re unsure, we sing the alphabet song until we hit the right letter. I believe doing this has helped them connect the actual concept of letters to the alphabet song. It used to be just another song. Now, they understand they are saying the letters. We never intended to push the girls to learn their letters. We’ve been discussing in Sesame Street curriculum seminars lately how it’s more important to prepare them for school socially with listening skills and sitting skills. But, they seem to be gravitating toward learning their letters as well, so we’re enjoying the process. It also gives us something to do in the car.


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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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