Last night at supper, Boy Terror demonstrated that he is more than ready for kindergarten. He counted by 3's to twenty-one, with only one prompt from me. He counted by 4's to twenty-four. He counted by 5's to thirty. When we asked him to count by 6's, he got to twelve, and then declared "Twelve! That's four threes!!". Then he was stuck. He guessed seventeen. He does not have this memorized. We can see him doing the math in his head.
Lately he has also been starting to read. He knows that we sound out the words, and he does a pretty good job! So far, his biggest obstacle is that he keeps trying to read words backwards. He's not reading, really, yet, but it's right there, on the tip of his brain.
I think we are so surprised because as a second child, he just hasn't gotten the same attention as his sister did. So we don't see the process, just the results.
I'll be honest....I suck at math. Really. In college I had to take Bonehead Math, also known as Math for Elementary School Teachers, in order to be sure that I would not make a fool of myself in front of my students. The math skills both Terror have shown MUST come from their father. I'll take credit for the cute, though!