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Curriculum:  Executive Functioning

As I mentioned in a previous post, this year's curriculum is Executive Functioning. I'm always on the lookout for examples of it, in our day to day life, to help me get a better understanding of how to use the curriculum for a potential show idea. Our recent Easter egg hunt gave us a grand opportunity to practice sorting. This is one of the many "school readiness" activities that can be done easily at home. The girls helped me sort the real eggs which were heavy and cold from the plastic eggs that were light and made music when we shook them - the candy inside! You'll see them helping me with this activity in Marty's video of their egg hunt adventure.

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Growing and Changing Girls

Word of the Day: Inevitable

Blog-Passport pics

Recently, I pulled Lyra and Ripley’s passport pictures out of my wallet to show a friend. They were so small, wearing identical fur-lined coats but still looking very unique with their slight wisps of blonde and brown hair. How much has changed! How much they’ve grown! I had to prop them up on the passport photo chair, poised to catch them if they teetered over. Now, they feed the dog, water the plants, clean up their dishes (when they haven’t rushed off to play and I don’t want the hassle of calling them back!) People say to enjoy all the moments, good and hard, because before you know it they’ll be off to college. At times, I can’t wait to start those tuition payments, but mostly I do try to appreciate every second of these growing, changing girls.
 

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Executive Functioning

Curriculum of the day:  See above

Executive Functioning. Sounds like something that needs to be applied on Wall Street. Actually, it’s a very academic title to a curriculum that we are focusing on this year. In more layman’s terms, it’s about school readiness and learning such skills as patience, emotional understanding and control, sharing, planning and all those traits that help a child more successfully navigate the changing social aspects of their lives. One way we try to help our girls is talking about what a feeling can look like on someone’s face. If they see a sibling, parent or friend looking like that emotion, they can deal with it better. We’ll post more about this curriculum as the year goes on, but here’s a film about our attempts to make emotions fun and funny.   

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Things That Go!

 Word of the Day: Go! 

I was surprised when Lyra and Ripley were able to answer questions from Telly so specifically. Child development continues to astonish me. Where a year ago, they’d have been very shy of Telly asking them questions. Even if they knew answers, they’d have probably just hooked an arm around my leg and looked up at me for a response. Now – well, take a look.   

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Tales From the Potty - Mail

Dear Annie and Marty, 

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. Lke 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 be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?

Sommer

Dear Sommer:

Thanks for writing about your potty training journey. Yes, we have had some success. For the past month, Lyra has been in underwear and is almost primarily using the potty (the occasional bathtub or shower will bring on a pee).   She sometimes asks for a pull-up at night, which she doesn’t need since she has bladder control we can all envy.   Still, we give her one whenever she wants. Occasionally, she’ll want a pull-up in the day, but rarely uses it. She loves to choose her own underpants out and I promised to try and find her “horsey” underwear online.

On the other hand, Ripley still needs a pull-up in general. Although she pees on the pot every morning and will go if she needs to on pots around town (their favorite is the mall since it’s tiny sized for them), she still doesn’t tell us if she needs to go and will have accidents anywhere. She also is still unwilling to poo on the pot. We’ve got bribery set-up (a Rapunzel doll), which she knows she gets when she finally does a poo in the toilet. She has at times let on that she’s scared to do it, and I also think that physically it’s something that still comes on her very suddenly and just wants to be safe with her pull-up. Since she only just turned 3, we aren’t pushing her at all yet. If she’s going number 2, she really gets upset if you suggest moving her to the pot and will say she wants “privacy.” She’s usually the leader in most things, so the fact that Lyra wears underwear all day long doesn’t seem to make her want to copy her.

Yes, many pre-schools want the kids potty trained before they attend. We’re very lucky that the “play school” we send them to once a week doesn’t require it, nor does their pre-school in the fall, although I hope Ripley has made the transition by then!

I know some people discourage the bribes, but I see it as a way of life for a while yet. In fact, we have a pee-prize box, and a poo-poo prize box. The pee prizes are stickers and M&M’s, the poo-prizes are a little bit more substantial, plastic toys and dolls and dolly clothes. The Rapunzel doll is a bigger carrot that I hope will eventually prompt Ripley to be brave. She asks about it all the time so I know she’s thinking about the whole process.

Good luck! It’s really something that I have found very stressful, although I’m TRYING my best to keep cheery and positive about it in front of the girls and I’m relieved we’re more than halfway there!   

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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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