Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The Number 12

Yesterday at the daycare after-school program, the teacher noticed that DramaQueen was writing down a number sequence

12, 24, 36, 48

so she explained how the sequence works and how to continue it.

All evening DramaQueen, using two-and-a-half hands, added 12 to increasingly large numbers until she got to 156. Then she started over again. She was very excited and pleased as punch with herself.

I don’t know how she ran across this sequence. And why 12? That’s an unwieldy number to manipulate when you have to use your fingers to add. I don’t think she understands that you can manipulate all numbers the same way. She just really likes 12.

11 comments:

  1. Do you have any tape measures in the house?

    There are 12 inches in a foot and large tape measures count by 12's in cumulative inches.

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  2. It sounds like she has another natural talent.

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  3. wow. wait till she works out that 6 (her age) is half of 12 ... there will be NO STOPPING her. Now I understand Jeff's blog - I didn't when I read it, so my comment prob doesn't make much sense.

    love
    xx

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  4. She's one smart cookie, just like her mom! Nothing against Jeff ;)

    Blessings,

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  5. That is very cool.

    You have the greatest kids!

    You know, I could look at this and be a lttle jealous, that my children aren't ever going to impress foplks with their mental prowess or the physical abilities... but I still consider myself a lucky parent... My children are honest, sweet-natured, and very kind. They may not have certain gifts, but I am most pleased with who they are.

    God bless.

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  6. what a smart kid you got there. you're truly blessed.

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  7. 12 months of the year. 12 Tribes of Israel. 12 days of Christmas.

    Or maybe it is simply that 12 is a great number.

    My older son is a math brain too. It is like they see the world through patterns!

    Wonderful wonderful.

    Love+
    Rachel

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