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16.11.11

The Number Taker Strikes in Suffolk!

 I was really proud when I realised all the counting as we climbed up and down the stairs around 8 times a day seemed to be paying off.
Charles could count.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 (he always left out number 8 for some reason)
Nothing else helped his development with counting. It was simply down to me and my husband teaching him (ie no influence from television programmes)

Then he started watching Numberjacks. I thought this would be good as he could remember what numbers look like due to the characters.
After much trying and asking him "who's that?" "Which number is that?" I realised it wasn't going to be as easy a task as I first thought, which was fine. I printed off some of the Numberjacks colouring in sheets from the Cbeebies site and hoped it would help.
He was more excited at the paint than what was on the picture. Fair enough I thought and decided to test him when we went to the theatre show.

When at the show he couldn't tell me which numbers were which I wondered just how educational the Numberjacks actually are.
As I said in my "Numberjacks Live Round-up" post I found it hard to follow the show and realised that its the same when I'm watching at home...I'm 26 and if I struggle then so is my 2 year old surely?

The next day I was watching Charles obsessively lining up his toy cars and listened to him counting.
2, 5, 2, 5, 7, 2, 5...
What happened to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10?
Has the Number Taker been to our house and taken away all these missing numbers?

It was at this point I realised that the random orders of numbers featured in Numberjacks had basically "undone" all his previous counting development.
Rather than his almost perfect 1-10 and 10-1 counting, random numbers were continuously being called out, as it is when the characters are featured in Numberjacks.

Not that I'm saying Numberjacks is bad for children to watch, just in our case we have found it to halt, and rewind, his learning rather than improve and progress.

We've made the decision to stop him watching Numberjacks for the time being and have already found a huge improvement.
Not only that but his new obsession with Show Me Show Me has helped a lot too as we count up and down the lift.