at what age do children learn how to count?

Rachel - posted on 12/22/2009 ( 40 moms have responded )

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my little girl is 22 months and she can count to 3! i was wondering was this the average age!

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Jane - posted on 02/01/2014

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Okay time to wakey wakey folks. I'm in the trenches with a teen. A teen who counted with understanding to 100 and knew the alphabet by sight and phonetics by 3. He could read, not recite, books with his knowledge he used his finger as a pointer while he read. His first book he read to me was Green Eggs and Ham. So no surprise he qualified for full day Kindergarten at 3+. I let him stay at his daycare center with his buddies who were 3-5 and having a blast learning about life together. He went off to Kindergarten with his age peers and felt just fine. Has never been "skipped" but has always been placed in "gifted", "enriched" or "accelerated" classes/courses.

Now as a High school student he straddles with a half Sophomore schedule half Junior. Colleges started sending us recruitment info last year. But folks there is no straight As going on here. It's 93 on a Trig quiz this week and 32 next week. It's A+ on a US History presentation and A+ on the MacBeth test, but 40 on a practice state ELA test. He's considered bright but not motivated. Bored but not antisocial. In short an early 21st century teen.

Was it the classical music played in his room as background noise? Was it the mountain spring water he drank at all times? Was it the no tv zone we lived in? Was it a merge of Uber smart genetic material? You tell me.

You want amazing kids then do this:
Get a plastic shower curtain put it on the floor and sit with your baby and finger paint. Write the date on the back and save it in a folder. You'll need to remember the fun when times were simple.
Put rice and different pasta shapes in tupperware, grab the wooden spoons and drum, shake, rattle and roll (don't forget to record the session on your phone or camera) Play this back when they think you are an old stodge for not letting them play their music at level 25 all the time.
Get a copy of the real version of fairy tales and myths and read them together. Disney is a nice concept but let you child know that it is just that, someone's idea, not gospel.
Buy rubber boots and rain slicker for you and for them. Next time it rains go out to the park and play. Record it. Let them know that weather happens and you enjoy it so much more when you are prepared for the changes. When they mope and don't want to move show it to them. Teach them Life is what you make it.
Go out and collect leaves and twigs in the spring, summer, fall and winter so your baby learns about real change and growth and renewal and rebirth.
Take the time to look at the curve of their upper lip when they sleep. The soft smoothness of their forehead and the way their hair whisps at the edges of their scalp. You will need to remember this time when that beautiful angel face looks demonic when you take the phone away for a week (or month or forever).

We didn't have the internet and access to recording every minute of life as we do now, but I did these things with my child and we talk about it and it does make a teen softer to know that you have always loved them and cared for them. That you spent time with them and that they are one of the most important people in your life (if you were blessed with more than one child), if your only one then they should feel like the most important.

Please, please, PLEASE above all things just enjoy your little one whatever their age and ability. Cherish them. Love them. It all rushes by in what seems like a blink or a turn of your head.

Don't compare them to other people's kids or you just might miss the treasure you were given.

Alison - posted on 01/25/2013

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"People are so quick to say, oh my kid can do this and do that. You know what? In the end it all evens out so it doesn't matter. The one response that the kid was confused between green and blue...you are just obnoxious. In one hand you were "concerned" yet further on in your reply say that your child is bright ...contradicting yourself a bit, no?! IT ALL EVENS OUT FOLKS. RELAX. They can count to ten by 20 months or 22, or even 16 months, it doesn't matter. Have you met a ten year old that can't count to 10?"
:-) i knew I'd get a rise out of at least one jealous mom..;-) This whole topic is pointles children develop differently and by no means does the fact that your baby can count to three, ten or even a hundred mean that they will be any brighter than another baby who may teake longer to develop certain skills or abilities. As they say, slow and steady wins the race. My last post was not meant to be taken seriously, it was an exageration of some of the previous posts, my daughter is 4 for the record.. As you put it best yourself, Jenny!? RELAX.

Andrew - posted on 10/26/2013

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I played and sang the digits, 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 to my little one since birth. Now he sings the abcs and the digits back to back. I am very happy he learned his digits because digits are the 'abcs of math,' these are the symbols used to make numbers for counting.

Neha - posted on 01/30/2013

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Hey
Some of the moms sound worked yo,i guess there is no specific age and it has NOTHING TO DO WITH GENES..:-)all varies, id say anywhere between 12months to three years,RELAX PPL

Alison - posted on 12/04/2012

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our little is 16 months old and can count to 20, and can recite the whole alphabet! She also knows all her primary colours! and a few others aswell.. we're a bit concerned because she confuses blue with green sometimes but our pediatrician says its normal. We also asked him if it was normal that she is so bright and he said it really depends on the genes of the parents..

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Sariira - posted on 02/01/2014

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My son knew (recognized & read on his own, not recite) all the English alphabets & recognized & read numbers from 0-10 at 18 months. But he never named letter 'W' or number '7'. At age 20 months now, he still doesn't. At just about 19 months, he started to use numbers to count items upto 10. Now, at 20 months he recognizes numbers upto 20, & reads numbers, except 12, 13, & 14. He can also read most of the alphabets in Arabic & Dhivehi languages. Plus, he has an expressive vocabulary of 90+ single words, & not a single one of them a verb still. No two-word phrases still. At 18 months he recognized most 5 colours, & named blue. He also recognized about 9 shapes, but could name only circle. He was able to draw straight lines, & would draw in circular motion if u asked him to draw a circle.

My little one was practically running at 11 months, & yet he never responded to his name even at 1 year. He just started to do that recently, though still not consistently. We were sick worried as that was supposed to be a red flag sign for autism. We got him assessed by several docs, & besides the fact that my son amazed them with his vocabulary and knowledge, they are convinced that he cannot be autistic. But we are still concerned, though I'm glad that he's a quick learner, & he'll hopefully not lag behind at school.

"Circle of Moms" is a place where we share our joys and concerns. Be happy or concerned for other moms/bubs as need be. No need for negative comments. Moms who feel happy & blessed about the achievements of their lil ones should not be made to feel like they are bragging. Just be happy for them. Each child is different & so is each mom. Cheers.

Carrie - posted on 10/04/2013

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my granddaughter just turned 20 months old this week she counts to 5 on her own.

Desiree - posted on 08/18/2013

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My cousin's daughter is 23 months and she can count to 12! But always skips six! Lol

Jenny - posted on 01/04/2013

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People are so quick to say, oh my kid can do this and do that. You know what? In the end it all evens out so it doesn't matter. The one response that the kid was confused between green and blue...you are just obnoxious. In one hand you were "concerned" yet further on in your reply say that your child is bright ...contradicting yourself a bit, no?! IT ALL EVENS OUT FOLKS. RELAX. They can count to ten by 20 months or 22, or even 16 months, it doesn't matter. Have you met a ten year old that can't count to 10?

Arooj - posted on 10/13/2012

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MY DAUGHTER IS 2 YEAR OLD SHE CAN 1 TO 15 BYHEART.I WANT 2 KNOW WHEN SHE CAN COUNT THINGS

Suzy - posted on 08/12/2012

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My grandson is 22 months old. Not only can he count to twelve, he understands the association between the numbers and counting objects. He can also read (identify) any of these numbers when written. Yesterday he turned to page 90 in a book and said, "ninety." His mother then turned to page 70 and he was able to tell her that page number as well. She tried 100 and he was able to tell her that one too! He wakes up in the morning counting backwards, and can even count in Spanish. What is going on? He seems to love numbers and counts stair steps, leaves and anything else of interest. Isn't this a little early to be so fascinated with numbers? He is pretty verbal, as well.

Amanda - posted on 11/05/2010

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My little girl is counting to 20 daily, but that's because I do daycare and am home daily and consistantly go over and over counting with her and the other children. She knows her full name and birthday too! I think it's soo cute!! But I really don't think there is an "average" age when they start counting...just depends on the child and their interest in learning! :)

Amy - posted on 10/13/2010

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I think it really depends on how much you work with them. We were fortunate to find a preschool that took children at the age of 2. This program along with the the time we spend with her has helped her to thrive.

Nilde - posted on 09/28/2010

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my daughter was 27 months when she started counting to 10. thing is I never teached her. one day there was a new episode of dora and out of no were she stared counting. i was surprised i grabbed my camara. so it could be from 24 to 27 months.

Ashley - posted on 08/19/2010

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Hi my son is 2 and a half and cant count iv tried and tried he just is not interested but my step daughter who just turned 2 can count to ten plus lol so i think its great your daughter is interested.

Jessica - posted on 01/07/2010

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My daughter knows her alphabet and can count to 15....
Kids learn differently...I wouldn'y be too worried if your kid isn't counting in 3 different languages...lol

Anthea - posted on 01/05/2010

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Stacie, I wouldn't worry to much. My son isn't doing any of that also but he is a little slow talking. I even took him to a speech therapist to get him checked out and they said that he is behind but to just keep working with him and it will come, he had enough sounds like a, e, o, the b and t and c sound that they said it will come. It's partially cause they are a second child. They have their big brother or sister handing everything to them when they point to it so they don't have to talk. My son will be two in February and he is just now starting to try a little harder to get some words out. I think eventually they get frustrated that you don't understand them and they finally start talking. I know he knows a ton of stuff because how he reacts to things but he just can't verbalize it yet. The speech therapist told me that if he isn't trying to say at least 20 words by his second birthday then maybe have him checked out again. If you are worried just check with your public schools and have her checked out. It's a free service.

Jasmine - posted on 01/05/2010

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My son can count to 10 and he started back in October , I think. He is very observant and was not really talking but something came on , on tv and as I was counting he started counting. He has also been in daycare since he was about 6 weeks old so that may make a difference.

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My 22 month old daughter can count to 13 unassisted and to 17 if I help her out. Just recently she's started speaking Spanish (thank you, Dora!) and within a matter of days was counting to 6 in Spanish and to 10 with help.

Brenda - posted on 01/04/2010

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I thinkl that it is average for her age...Encourage her to count to five and add 5 more each month..We don't even use all of our brain capacity..So she will love to learn more...No fear..Show flash cards and become the teacher...Good Luck!

Tiffany - posted on 01/03/2010

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Stacie, I wouldnt be to worried. She might know more than you think she does. =) If she's not talking a whole lot yet it would be hard to know what she is actually retaining. My daughter talks non stop and I'm still amazed of what she learns sometimes. Like just the other day she was pointing out things that were the color black and I didnt even know she knew that color b/c shes never told me that color when we would go over objects that were that color. Its like we are always going over her colors, shapes, #'s, and letters but I dont always know what she's actually remembering until she sees it one day and just says what it is. I hope that helps some.

Tiffany - posted on 01/03/2010

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Quoting stacie:

oh my god my daughter 22 nearly 23 mths cant do any of that counting or colours let alone shapes and i do it with her all the time within her play! does that mean she is behind in her age, but her sister was a different story where she could do all that at the same age and was speaking very well for her age. but my youngest daughter seems to be taking awhile on the langauge front, she can speak many of words not so much in sentences. After reading all these responces im starting to feel really bad my daughter isnt at the same level and im an early childhood teacher!!!


 

Tiffany - posted on 01/03/2010

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Sounds prob normal. My daughter can count to 10 in english and to 7 in spanish. She can sing her a, b, c's but only reconizes a, b, c, d, g, j, m,n, p, and s, lol. We count everything and we started w/the letters of family names.... m=mommy d=daddy, j=joleena, etc. and then started adding letters inbetween. She's just one of those kids that has to be busy and learning at all times or she gets into trouble b/c she's bored.

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River says shapes when she sees them riding in the car. Like pointing to the stop sign and saying, "octagon" and with the moon she says, "crescent". Alot of things she says amaze us.

Genice - posted on 01/02/2010

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My son was counting to ten at 19 months. He's almost 23 months now and counts everything all the time.

Stacie - posted on 01/01/2010

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oh my god my daughter 22 nearly 23 mths cant do any of that counting or colours let alone shapes and i do it with her all the time within her play! does that mean she is behind in her age, but her sister was a different story where she could do all that at the same age and was speaking very well for her age. but my youngest daughter seems to be taking awhile on the langauge front, she can speak many of words not so much in sentences. After reading all these responces im starting to feel really bad my daughter isnt at the same level and im an early childhood teacher!!!

Rachel - posted on 01/01/2010

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my little man is the same age and counts to 5..He learnt from jumping into the pool and counting 1..2..3..4..5..ready..jump..so cute..

Julie - posted on 01/01/2010

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Quoting Lindsay:



Quoting Lacy:

My daughter just turned 22 months. She counts to 14 by herself. She knows all of her colors and 95% of her letters. Also, she knows all of her shapes (circle, square, rectangle, oval, triangle, diamond, heart, crescent, pentagon, and octogon). We have always counted with her since she was very young. She learned the letters, shapes, and colors from flash cards we bought her. She loves doing them. She actually brings them to us and tells us she wants to do them!





aww my little girl is 22 months too (feb 28th) and she knows all that also, people were always amazed by how much she knows. At 16 months she counted to 12 on her own out of the blue it was wild. I guess he does listen when I talk to her all day! haha At her 18 month dr appt the doctors were amazed by how well she talks and how many words were in her vocab.. I only have to tell her something once before she knows it.. Smart girls!





My little girl is the same way.  I think she learned a lot of it from Sesame Street.  I love that when she sees a stop sign she will say octagon.  She can be inconsistant with what she knows, but I actually haven't worked with her too much.  She gets a lot of it from the bigger kids at her daycare.

Kate - posted on 01/01/2010

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my son is also 22 months and he can count clearly from 1 to 20 and he can count backwards from 20 to 1.

i have been teaching him to count since he could lift his head. just keep persevering, count the numbers on the doors when you walk up the road, count peas on a plate at dinner time, it doesnt take long for it to sink in but keep it up or she might forget it.

Lindsay - posted on 01/01/2010

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Quoting Lacy:

My daughter just turned 22 months. She counts to 14 by herself. She knows all of her colors and 95% of her letters. Also, she knows all of her shapes (circle, square, rectangle, oval, triangle, diamond, heart, crescent, pentagon, and octogon). We have always counted with her since she was very young. She learned the letters, shapes, and colors from flash cards we bought her. She loves doing them. She actually brings them to us and tells us she wants to do them!


aww my little girl is 22 months too (feb 28th) and she knows all that also, people were always amazed by how much she knows. At 16 months she counted to 12 on her own out of the blue it was wild. I guess he does listen when I talk to her all day! haha At her 18 month dr appt the doctors were amazed by how well she talks and how many words were in her vocab.. I only have to tell her something once before she knows it.. Smart girls!

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My daughter just turned 22 months. She counts to 14 by herself. She knows all of her colors and 95% of her letters. Also, she knows all of her shapes (circle, square, rectangle, oval, triangle, diamond, heart, crescent, pentagon, and octogon). We have always counted with her since she was very young. She learned the letters, shapes, and colors from flash cards we bought her. She loves doing them. She actually brings them to us and tells us she wants to do them!

Rachel - posted on 12/23/2009

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yea my daughter loves the a,b,c song too its turned in to her bedtime 'lullaby'! lol

Deb - posted on 12/23/2009

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I agree... my daughter who just turned 22 months is counting to 10 and recognizes most of her letters now (but not the order for the letters through she LOVES the A,B,C song).

April - posted on 12/23/2009

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I was wonder the same thing but about reading. My son this morning was looking at a book and was telling me the letter and what kind of sound they made.

Rachel - posted on 12/22/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

that sounds about the normal age that they start learning to count...it all depends on how much you work with them, my daughter is almost 22 months and she can count to ten, and when helped can get to 17. we count everything all day long (cherrios, cups, dishes as i wash them and put them away. weve been doing this since she was 3 months old in a high chair. just take some paper or plastic cups and write 1-5 on them and have her play with them put them in order stack them. that way not only does she learn how to count, but she learns what the numbers look like...same thing goes with abc's. hope this helps, happy holidays



thank you very much that was very helpful!! i hope you have a wonderful  christmas!



 

Jennifer - posted on 12/22/2009

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that sounds about the normal age that they start learning to count...it all depends on how much you work with them, my daughter is almost 22 months and she can count to ten, and when helped can get to 17. we count everything all day long (cherrios, cups, dishes as i wash them and put them away. weve been doing this since she was 3 months old in a high chair. just take some paper or plastic cups and write 1-5 on them and have her play with them put them in order stack them. that way not only does she learn how to count, but she learns what the numbers look like...same thing goes with abc's. hope this helps, happy holidays

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