Sometimes I am so glad that I just keep my mouth shut. This morning was one of those occasions and I'm happy because I learned something (as is often the case when I listen instead of talk).
I walked into the living room to find Lucy diligently setting up this:
Instead, I kept quiet, followed her lead and realized that something amazing was happening.
A. She had voluntarily chosen a spelling game to play with (so NOT something that she would normally choose).
B. She had sorted the letters so that like was with like.
C. She had set up her game much like she sets up her work at school.
D. She was choosing to learn the letter by using senses other than sight or sound--feeling the shape of the letter in both positive and negative space and then matching the pattern up (yay for Montessori school!).
I'm so happy that I got out of her way and let her choose the best way for her to learn. In turn, I learned a lesson as well.