Thursday, March 1, 2012

Teaching Numbers

Around our house, we teach numbers in a different order than most.  We start with 7, then 3, and then we move to the normal starting point of 1.  Why?  Well, 7 is the time they are allowed out of their rooms in the morning and 3 is the time they are allowed out after nap time.  Anderson has been in his toddler bed a year now and would wait in his bed for Owen or us.  But, he just recently realized that he can open his door and leave his room anytime he wants.  So, I decided it was time to work on number 7.  It has been about a week and a half and is working like a champ.  He is so proud of himself for knowing there is a 7 on his clock and waiting for it before he emerges.  When I remind him at night to wait for a 7, he tells me it needs to be on 'this side' (that is the left side).  The alarm setting is something like 5:07 and he likes to flip to that setting and show me the 7, but tell me it's on the wrong side.

We started this with Owen when he was just about 3 years old out of safety concerns (their rooms are upstairs and ours is downstairs).  He wandered downstairs a few times in the middle of the night exploring his new found freedom and one morning Aaron found him asleep on one of the top steps...yikes!  But, it also has the added benefit of letting me sleep in until 7 on the weekends and make sure nap time is long enough for all of us to get a rest and for me to get some things accomplished.

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