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    Margaret Drummond (Author)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II PSYCHOLOGICAL STAGES 1HE Pre-Number Stage.--It is good for little people to hear counting: it is good for them to have their little fingers and toes counted aloud. So they become familiar with the number series. The saying of the words is to them part of a ceremony, and they soon come to indicate their dissatisfaction if it is omitted. When Patricia was a baby she often sat in the room when I was measuring out spoonfuls of coffee. I usually counted aloud. One morning I counted silently, and I was surprised to hear the child, who was not then fourteen months, supply what was wanting. She could not, of course, say the words, but she accompanied my movements by a series of deliberately pronounced sounds: 'Ta, ta, e, ta, ta.' Here we have surely the prophetic shadow of the understanding that is to come. A couple of months later, when she was looking at a picture of a boy feeding chickens, she began to ' count' the birds in a similar way. When Margaret was twenty-six months she seemed to know 'one,' two,' and 'three' things. When she was two and a half, she had several opportunities of watching me do the first card test1 with an older child. She recognized then up to three spots, and would, I thought, soon have known four and five. This recognition of the look of small groups is, however, a mental activity on a lower plane than the realization of Number involved in counting. Among his toys, baby should have material that lends itself to enumeration. A number of blocks of the same size and shape, a number of picture post cards, ordinary playing cards, are toys which are rightly treasured by the child. When Margaret was three and a half she could say the Number names in order up to fourteen. Having done this one day she inquired, 'Is there a fiveteen?...
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  • PDF | 24 pages
  • Margaret Drummond (Author)
  • General Books LLC (5 Feb. 2012)
  • English
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