Counting Toddler Success

I was more than amazed when Norton taught himself the alphabet.  Since I was all about getting him to use more words in order to beat that toddler language delay, that wasn’t a toddler success that was even on my radar.  However, Norton’s showing me that he’s more than capable of surprising me with the things that he’s been able to pick up when I’m not particularly paying great attention.  His toddler success stories go beyond the alphabet.  He’s also taught himself numbers and counting.

He’d learned to recognize the numbers one through ten through his alphabet bus toy.  Even still, though, I figured it was just recognition of numbers, not an outright understanding of counting.  It shocked the heck out of me when he started counting along with the Count on Sesame Street.  I wanted to see if he was just repeating the Count or if he actually knew the numbers, so I asked him to come help me put Eudora’s diapers away.

We counted the diapers as I put them away.  With some help, Norton made it up to nineteen.

Since then, Norton has gotten more independent with counting.  He counts up to fourteen on his own, and seems to really enjoy the Count von Count segments on Sesame Street.

To encourage Norton to count, I’ve been counting other things with him.  When we go up or down stairs, we count the number up or down.  I’m not sure if he’s quite figured out what I’m doing yet, but he seems to enjoy it.  We count everything that we can possibly count, like the number of graham crackers he’s getting for a snack, the number of Fuzzi Bunz snaps on his cloth diaper, and the number of shirts I hang in his closet.  I’m also browsing iTunes for a good counting toddler app.  After all, it’s great that he recognizes numbers and can name them, but I’m out to help my smart toddler understand the meaning, too.

How did you help your toddler with learning about and understanding numbers?  Did that translate into a better understanding of math as she grew older?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

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