I'm emptying out the dishwasher as Ian eats a snack in his booster chair. Above the clatter of dishes being stacked on top of one another, I hear Ian softly sing a familiar tune.
"There are three in the bed, and the little one says, 'Roll over.'"
I smile as I recognize the tune. Then, a huge question mark hangs over my head. I think to myself, "Where did he learn that song? I haven't sung it with him, and I don't think we've done it in any of his classes so far."
He continues, "They all roll over and one falls off, there are two in the bed, and the little one says, 'Roll over.'"
Puzzled where he may have heard this tune enough times to memorize it, I look around the corner at him. There sits Ian, playing with the grapes on his plate as he continues to sing the song. But wait, could it be, he has all the grapes off his plate except two. Coincidence?
Ian keeps singing, "They all roll over and one falls off..."
At this point I notice him roll one of the grapes off the plate leaving just one. "..there is one in the bed and the little one says, 'Roll over.'"
"No way, dude!" I exclaim looking at him. I stand there in disbelief over how my son is demonstrating subtraction skills.
I decide to test his skills. "Ian, let's start over. Let's put all the grapes back on the plate. How many grapes are there?"
"Mommy, mommy, six!" he happily chirps.
"Will you sing the song and move the grapes again for me?"
"Ok, Mommy." There's a brief pause as he touches the grapes, and then, "There are six in the bed, and the little one says, 'Roll over.' They all roll over and one falls off..." At this point he rolls a grape off the plate and onto the tray. "...there are five in the bed and the little one says, '"Roll over.'"
He continues the song, accurately moving one grape at a time and stating the number left. I'm impressed with my little mathematician. He's learned something through osmosis, now I just need to figure out from where.
"They all roll over and one falls off, there are three in the bed..."
Ok, Mister Brainiac, if you can do that, then explain to me Einstein's theory of relativity?
*Tonight, Paul informed me that the song in question is on one of our Kids Silly Songs CDs. My next question is, where did Ian learn to put action to the words? Hmmmm.