As we look to teach our 3 year old to count to 20, she continually skips the number 13. I'm pretty sure she is not superstitious, but I still cannot determine if she is simply joking with us.
An interesting conversation was had at our house this evening related to counting, and I wanted to share it with all of you.
Peggy (the mom): Kate, when Claire is 3 how old will you be
Kate (3 yrs old): Um, 4!
Peggy: That's right! Ok, when she is 17, how old will you be?
Kate: (puzzled) Um?
Peggy: What comes after 17?
Kate: (Strange look but no words)
Peggy: 15, 16, 17....
Peggy: No. 15, 16, 17
Peggy: That's Right! Good job.
Rick (the dad): (not willing to let a good teaching moment pass) Kate, when Claire is 18, how old will you be?
Kate: (Another puzzled look)
Peggy: Remember, 13, 14, 15...
Kate: (Interrupting) 13!
Peggy: No. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18...
Claire (2 yr old): (whispering..) 19.
Peggy: HA! That's Right Claire!
While talking about writing this blog post, the following conversation continued....
Rick: Didn't you count 13, 14, 15...
Peggy: I think I started at 15
Rick: Maybe you started at 13 the 2nd time...13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19..
Claire: (a little bolder this time) 20.
So, apparently, homeschooling younger children isn't so difficult! It seems Claire will be the math wiz in our family!