Seven ate… 16?

Isabelle can count.  She can count to about 50 I believe.  There is just one little problem.  She skips 16.  Not skipped, like it happened once.  Or even twice.  The child skips right over the number sixteen every single time she counts.  Every.  Single.  Time.

I have tried, since it is my job as her mother, to correct her.  She will not have it.  In her little world the number sixteen does not exist.  I am not certain why.  One day she will realize what an important number that is for her!  But right now, in her four-year old brain, there is no number sixteen.  You go straight from fifteen to seventeen. 

The harder anyone tries to help her, the more adamant she is that she is doing it right.  She insists that they count that way at preschool (I have not checked with her teacher, but I am pretty sure this is not a part of that “new math”).  She will not be swayed.  Not one iota.  Again, this is not a one time thing.  It happens each and every time she counts past 15.  It does not matter who she is counting with, what she is counting, whether she napped or not.

I am not going to lie, I am somewhat impressed with her resolve.  But, obviously, this is going to have to be rectified at some point.  She cannot go from 15 to 17 her sophomore year in high school.  I think it may cause a few issues in her math classes before then as well. 

So what do I do?  How can I lovingly correct this child that is so certain she is right?

And in case you didn’t get it, the title is a reference to the silly joke “Why is six afraid of seven?  Because seven ate nine!!”


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. stemmefamily
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 16:50:34

    Ya know what? She might be onto something! 16 can be a pretty rough year for many mothers/daughters so maybe she is just going to skip right past that 😉


  2. Nan
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 03:11:34

    Too funny, I know most kids skip at least one number when they learn their numbers. She will learn that 16 is important in some ways but she is really smart, she might just skip that grade (don’t know what she will do about her driver’s license).


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