I’m encouraging Noah to fail at counting.

He’s only 2 and a bit, and he can count to two like a pro.  But after that, he goes 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9.  Every time.  He’s actually been regressing lately, and now he is starting to skip 6, as well, so he counts three things as 1, 2, 7.  And I think it is really cute, and he feels like he’s counting, so he feels proud, and we’ve been going on like that for some time. 

I realized how much I was humouring him when we were out for dinner on Sunday- he ate our rolls, then the first quarter of his quesadilla but he was slowing down by then.  So I asked him for a quarter quesadilla, and of course he said no, mine!  I said, “Really? You’re going to eat all seven of those peices?”

Anyway, Dave picked up the slack and taught him the number three in one go last night- an intensive course of Schoolhouse Rock and Sesame Street clips on youtube and counting together, and now Noah can count to three.  And I’m a little sad, but it’s probably for the best in the long run.  Also, I highly recommended watching the Ladybug’s Picnic again- it’s infectious, and Dave might learn the banjo part so we can really rock out :



  1. Jennifer said,

    March 3, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Why I would be a bad parent: This story made me want to insert electrodes in his brain or something, to see if he was processing 1 and 2 differently than 6,7,8,9. In fact, many Noah stories (and stories about other kids) inspire this response in me.

    The Ladybug’s Picnic was one of the few good things about Sesame Street when I was of the appropriate age for it; thanks for the link!

    • Heather said,

      March 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      I did read a book a few years ago that said that infants, adults, and possibly apes do process numerosity in two ways: one, two, and sometimes three are understood on a different level, then everything else is “many” which is only resolved as we learn to name each specific amount.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: