Counting by Zeroes


Dear Makers of Edu-Mat,

Thank you for creating a product that has helped teach my children about counting and how to write their numbers.  Can you please, however, provide me with an explanation that is understandable to a preschooler as to why the 0 comes after the 9?  For the life of me, I have not been able to come up with a reasonable enough answer that the four year old brain can accept.  So far the only rationale that has come close to being tolerated is that you are just plain wrong.

Thank you very much for your prompt attention to this matter.

Very truly yours,

A perplexed and exasperated parent that is out of any conceivable answers.


6 Responses

  1. Things like that really make me mad! I either don’t buy things like that or they get promptly discarded.

    We HAD a Disney book (that came in a wrapper, so we couldn’t see the inside prior to buying!) that one the last page was Donald holding a frying pan in his left hand on the left side of the page next to the word “RIGHT”. There’s a line dividing the top picture/word from the bottom picture/word. The bottom half of the page was Goofy, on the right side of the page, eating an ice cream cone in his right hand; he’s next to the word “LEFT!” IT IS TOTALLY WRONG! Where are the proof-readers & quality checkers?!?!?!

  2. That sort of thing makes me twitch. I’ve seen numbers listed this way and I came to the same conclusion. It is wrong.

    This irks me almost as much as when people make decades possesive (e.g., 80’s instead of ’80s).

  3. Ahhhhhh…..that makes no sense at all!

  4. This is bad. Especially when they get into school and get to the confusion of negative and postive numbers. Hard to explain that 0 is really in between those, not after 9. Some people don’t think, or worse, they don’t know the correct anser!

  5. I think it’s there in order to be used within a 10.

  6. The answer to your question may seem silly, but the reason the zero placeholder comes after the 9, is because the number system starts at 1.

    The zero is more a placeholder than an actual number. When after the 9, it represents the (x10) multiples of the number sequence, 1-9.

    If your kid can wrap his head around the idea that zero is not actually a number, but a placeholder, then start getting set up for advanced math tutoring… 🙂

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