Success! Those of you who are regular Teaching My Baby to Read Blog readers will know that the past couple of weeks I have been perseverating on whether or not my daughter Jenna (32 m) could identify and name the quantity three, or if that skill was developmental or not. Well in today’s most recent incarnation of this experiment, Jenna achieved 100% mastery and that is not a spurious claim.
Instead of using chocolate chips which are all the same color and really small, I used giant, multi-colored square tiles from my Right Start Math kit. I also made barnyard noises such as “oink” and “moo” every time Jenna got the right answer to my question: “How many?” Somehow, the combination of these two changes made the difference! However, she still can’t identify and name the quantity four, no matter how loudly I quack.
As much as I hate to admit this, Jenna’s success with larger pieces would seem to give credence to Glenn Doman’s claim that infants and toddlers can do more than we give the credit for if you simply present materials that are giant. However, I still don’t believe in his theories anymore. Show me a baby who can do multiplication and I might change my mind.