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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Counting on Memories

Tuesday's Slice of Life...
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Counted those pretzels... 1, 2, 3
and now the interest is growing
in counting with glee!
 
Every day, climbing the stairs 1-14
from bottom to top
and in between!
 
Sweet to hear this counting out
whether a whisper
or even a shout
 
Numbers professed are not always true
proud of this thinking
so proud of you!
 
Loving these days
of counting together
 
Growing up,
moving on,
and remembered forever!



Counting with Nattie has suddenly become a big hit in the house.  She loves to count things...I wrote this slice about our counting experience because I've noticed how important it's become to her.  The sweet innocence of counting and no fear of being wrong as she boldly says the numbers and gets mixed up once we get past 4 or so doesn't bother me at all...we just fix it from there and go on...the correct order will come in time but for now we're having fun with it.  :)

What memories do you have about learning to count?


22 comments:

  1. Sounds like you have captured a wonderful moment in her life when JOY comes from counting. It makes me think of how we need to keep that joy in our teaching of math!

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    1. Yes, Anita,
      Keeping joy in teaching math is huge!
      It's a subject that becomes frustrating in a hurry!

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  2. What a sweet Nattie ! How old is she? I love reading the posts and guessing because my first grand baby is 18 months and I get excited about the stages of learning and growing. Was I in too much of a rush when my kiddos were little? I love that you slow down, notice and write ! I think all I did back then was try to survive working and raising. Keep it up Amy and lead the way. XO Nanc

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    1. Nanc,
      Nattie is now 2 and a quarter years!
      I've stared pausing as we count together and she if she fills in the blank...it makes me giggle when she fills it in with a wrong number so confidently-but we'll get it right at some point.

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  3. Aw, sweet Nattie. I loved reading your poem about the joy of her learning to count.

    Isabelle is learning to count too, but she doesn't say the actual numbers yet. She goes "ga, ga, ga, ga, ga" for each of her toes and "ga, ga, ga, ga, ga, ga, ga, ga," when we make an eight story block tower. It makes me giggle. Makes me realize I should write it down too!

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    2. Yes, Stacey,
      You should write it down as these tiny changes drift away with each passing day-thank you for reminding about the special gift of words on a page since I've started slicing!

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  4. What a sweet poem...it's lovely when this stage begins and you have so much to look forward to!

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    1. Thanks Tara,
      I am always looking forward to my seeing what Nattie does next.

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  5. How sweet. I know when I'm around my granddaughters that we do a lot of counting. It's amazing how quickly they have picked it up and now when reading a favorite book, they count all of the same items. I think when I was raising my kids that I was preoccupied with all that was going on and don't remember these simple times. Keep writing them down and sharing. These little moments are so important.

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    1. Thanks Judy!
      I will keep writing them down. Do you keep a Grandma journal for the girls?

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  6. The "growing up" days go by quickly. What a treasure you will have later on when you can read and relive the joy!

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    1. Yes, it seems like something changes every day!

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  7. Just saw this quote on twitter-

    @UngJen: “@ToddWhitaker: Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best. -Bob Talbert #edchat #ntchat”

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  8. "Growing up, moving on, and remembered forever!" You're so lucky that you make time to slice as a busy mom and educator. These moments captured in time will take you back when they're grown (and it happens sooner than you think). "Loving these days of counting together" - So perfect that you're right in the moment with Nattie.

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    1. Thanks Ramona!
      It's so much fun to observe these little incidents!

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  9. Love that you captured this in a poem, Amy, & I especially like that final part about remembering. It's such fun to see all the stages, & now I get to do it again with my granddaughters-almost 4 & 1 1/2.

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    1. Linda,
      Like I asked Judy,
      Do you keep a grandma journal with them?
      I think I remember you mentioning writing wiith your grandson...

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  10. Wow, love that she is so confident and doesn't care if she makes a mistake. I have five grandsons and I want to keep that positive ness. Wish we could keep that all the way with students through school, especially through middle school. They become sp worried about always being correct. I remember when I was in 4th grade how I had to learn the multiplication tables. I worked so hard. It did pay off and I don't remember being upset but being very determined. However I have students who give up because they don't think they can. Something inside them or they have been pushed by their parents although that was very few and far between. There's a fine line between " pushing" and encouraging! Happy Slicing! Thanks for sharing your poem. Clever idea!

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  11. Thanks Sue!
    I remember learning the mult. Tables too! What sparks such determination?

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