Damien, 22 months, doing his own thing exploring the new equation strips I printed out for him.
He is usually totally captivated when I introduce him to “academic” materials and plays along, but today he had his own plans.
He shuffled through them, named a few numbers, and kept saying “Plus one!”, “Basketball!”, and carrying on elaborate conversations with dad while he watched. He was totally possessive and didn’t want anyone else to touch “his” numbers.
And that is totally ok.
Another time, or day, we’ll play “the right way”. It’s all about following the lead of the child.
Damien is currently 22 months old