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Telly Talks Numbers

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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.


Lyra and Ripley at the table.
My precious biting daughters.

Word of the Day: Mortification

My daughters bite. At first, it was only Lyra. She started biting at about one year old, in response to her sister pushing her. Ripley never bit her back and would only cry. Now suddenly, Ripley is biting, too. Twice, she has bitten a younger child in a class situation. Both times, the parents were very understanding, but I have never felt such mortification. It is always a younger child, or a new person that she bites. I’ve been reading up on the biting child—she’s in the exact age range when it happens: 18 months – 2 1/2 years. We’re doing what you are supposed to do when your child bites—give the hard, clear “no,” and remove her from the situation immediately so she knows it’s “bad.” Still, it’s very hard and worrisome. They’re still so young, and I know it’s a form of communication since she hasn’t enough words to say what is the problem. Lyra has yet to do it to anyone but her sister, and I pray it stays that way. A good friend of ours had a daughter who was a biter until she was almost three years old. She eventually learned not to, but it wasn’t easy for them. My heart aches for Ripley and what it will be for all of us to get through this phase if she keeps it up. Marty has a better attitude about it—there will be discipline issues of all kinds; get used to it. I guess I was always the “good girl” and expect mine to be the same. Duh. Welcome to parenthood.

Being Thankful

Marty and Telly in the float at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Word of the Day: Parade!

Every year, Marty does the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Day Parade on the Sesame Street float. He really enjoys it although it means preparing much of the meal on Wednesday. Now that we have the kids, I stay home and do my one, all-important job for the meal: turning on the oven.

Here’s a video glimpse behind-the-scenes on the Sesame Street float. HAPPY TURKEY TO ALL!

Telly's Travels

Telly Snorkeling.

Like Grover, Telly has traveled 'round the world.   
Here he's just coming back from a lovely snorkle in the Maldives.

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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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