While I was teaching a group of young children how to count with their fingers, I noticed something fascinating. They’d normally hold up their thumb to show one, while I grew up seeing one as the index finger.
It was such an interesting cultural difference. And the kids noticed it too! They kept asking, “Teacher Marina! Perché fai cosi?” And I had to assure them that it was correct, both ways.
In today’s video blog, this is my take on how finger counting in Europe started :
I could be wrong though!