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My toddler is counting???

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I have no friends with toddlers my dd's age so I can only ask on-line. My dd is 21 months this month and last night she started counting trucks while we were driving down the road (by herself, I was listening to the radio). She goes: Truck! and points at a truck, then she saw another one and says: Two Truck! points at truck, then she saw a third one and said: tee truck!
I couldn't believe it, my mouth was wide open! Is this normal for her age or is it too early for her to be doing this?


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My daughter recently started "counting" as well.

One fwower (flower)... Two fwower... More fwower... Seben fwower...

It's amazing how fast these things develop.
Oh how fun! language comes fast & furious (especially for girls) between 1.5 & 2.5- sit back & enjoy the ride!!
My son is really into numbers and counting too. Out of his circle of toddler friends, one or two other little boys are into numbers too. My ds started counting at around your daughter's age. Sometimes it's on the mark, sometimes it's haphazard (1, 2, 5, 13, 20 bugs!). He picked up on the idea of counting and likes to practice and play with the idea.

I think numbers excite my ds partially because he sees them everywhere we go, and he gets to point them out. He has a total eagle eye for them. We'll look out a friend's livng room window, say, and he'll scream "8! 8!". I'll search and search for that 8 and lo and behold, there's a tiny 8 across the street on the house number. Going to the market, with all those aisle numbers, is just complete insanity.

Yep, my ds is a counting fiend. He keeps himself up at night counting ~ toys, fingers, anything he spots. I think he went from counting to ten to counting to thirty {or, as he calls it, "twenty-ten"} in a week or two. It's amazing to watch them develop.
Counting was the first real verbal thing my ds did at about 2.5yo. Hardly any words at all, and then all of a sudden counting to 10. Now 20. And he too loves to count objects. One buf. Two buf. Twee buf! (That would be bus for those that are wondering!)
yes, yes! My dd just started counting in the last week (funny I can't recall which day now - they all seem to run together - ha ha). I was counting the snaps on her pajamas because that helps keep her happy while dressing and suddenly she said "one, choo, twee" Then the next day at lunch, out of the blue she starts counting pieces of food on her tray with no prompting from me - "one, choo, twee". She was also "reading" a book the other night with animal pictures in it. She pointed to the dog and said "woof" and then the cat and said "mow" (rhymes with cow not sew). Later in the bathtub to show of to dh, I asked her what the dog says and she responded "woof", then what does the cat say? "mow"

It's as if someone turned on the language switch. She'll be 18 months on July 1. This is getting fun! (Oh, except for when she just keeps saying no)
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My dd has been "counting" since she was about 14-15 months old. I use this term loosely as her definition for counting is that the numbers go in the order of 1,2,9,10,12,13. As yet nothing has changed her mind that 9 comes immediately after 2.
It is great listening to her count while she is jumping on Mommy's bed though. Any suggestions as to how to get her to accept that there are actually numbers between 2 and 9?
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According to my daughter "more" comes between 2 and 7. As in 1, 2, more, 7.

DS loves to count things. He's pretty accurate up to 13, then comes 17, 18, 19, and eleven-teen!!!!
My ds also counts pretty accurately, but it is only with the numbers between 7 and 13. Before that it is 1,2,3,5,7 and after that it is 15,17,19, twentyteen. I think he has an aversion to even numbers before and after 8,10, and 12. Go figure. He has come a very long way in the last year, so a few counting nuances are nothing to me {he has autism}.
Dd is also counting, but she only counts two. She'll see or grab two of anything (spoons, plastic zebras, whatever,) " and announce, "twoooo, twoooo"

It's really great.
lol, my dd thinks 9 comes after 2 too! she was right on the money, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11, 12 and 13 a couple weeks ago, didnt skip a single one, now she counts like 1,2,9,7,8! 3!
she's 21 months too.
Maggie loves numbers too- she's her Daddy's girl.
She counts to 12 in English and 10 in Spanish. It's funny, after she learned to count to 10 in english we were thinking of how to challenge her a bit more and that's when we started counting with her in Spanish. We didn't think about going past 10 in english- duh! Now, we have started exploring the numbers past 10. She almost always counts in succession too. Sometimes she'll skip a number, but when she does she'll start over. I think she is going to be a math girl maybe???
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I loved reading all your stories and I am so glad dd is so normal LOL!
It sure is fun to watch and listen to them at this age!!!

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My little guy understands the concept of counting but hasn't yet mastered the words. He lines up his cheerios and points to each one saying, "nine, nine, nine, nine, NINE." LOL! At least he gets it

Originally Posted by JayGee
DS loves to count things. He's pretty accurate up to 13, then comes 17, 18, 19, and eleven-teen!!!!
oh my gosh, my almost four year old still uses eleven-teen in place of seventeen...13, 14, 15, 16, eleven-teen, 18, 19, 20. I know I should work on correcting her, but that and "aminal" are her last two "baby" words and i'm going to miss them when they are gone.

my 14-month old isn't counting yet but she does like saying numbers with my 3-year old. 3-year old will start "one, two" and the 14-month old will interject "tee"

"six, seven, eight"

too cute watching them interract!
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my ds is counting to 15.....but accurately pointing and counting to about 8.

my neighbor has a just turned 4 yo.....this kid is counting to 500 and BACKWARDS!!!!!!!! they added an odometer to his bike(still in traing wheels).....and this sweetie keeps CLOSE track of his mileage!!!! the mom is putting him in a very regular preschool 3 days/week in the fall....I have been trying to tell her that she should look into HSing....I mean, this kid is going into a simple preschool where most of the kids will try to count to 10. Ethan is counting to 500!!!

WE made them cupcakes yesterday,dd decorated them with numbers(super cute!!) and I am going to drop off a suggested book list for her if she would consider HSing......

He is scary bright when it comes to numbers and vocab!!!!!

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According to my daughter "more" comes between 2 and 7. As in 1, 2, more, 7.
OMG, this is hilarious. Thanks for the chuckle!

OP - yep, DD loves to count too. She counts to 20 and 100 by 5's and 10's.
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