while its amazing to be living in a country with a functioning postal system, i have to say that the canadian post is not exactly the speediest service around. several packages we have sent have arrived late, and for christmas this year many of the packages that people had sent to us also arrived late. for the holidays this is kind of good thing though, as it spreads the gifts out so we have time to appreciate them a little more.
this afternoon a package from aunty hana arrived with two fishing related lego sets. one of them is a rare one that we had watched a video for and lusted after. nayou is busily building in the living room as i type, and he wanted me to share this video with you all. disclaimer: there is a random justin bieber reference in there, and i have no idea where it came from.
there has been an explosion of interest in reading and writing in our house this past week. it all began when santa brought nayou a game called pop for letters. being the competitive little boy that he is, having the letters presented as a game pushed all the right buttons. we’ve been playing it daily since christmas and he has mastered most of the letters.
then a few days ago brenda found this thing at a pharmacy, and when nayou basically wrote out his name on it right there we didn’t think twice about putting into our shopping basket. since then we have been having loads of fun writing, reading and doing some math as well.
its interesting to see how learning naturally unfolds when the child is ready. i have to admit that when i used to see four year olds writing their names or reading simple words there was a part of me that wished nayou would do the same. our unschooling/hackschooling approach to nayou’s education requires a huge leap of faith (for me, at least) to let him figure things out independent of any benchmarks. this reading/writing thing is another confirmation that we are on the right track, especially since my attempts in the past to teach him the alphabet failed miserably when he showed absolutely no interest in it at all 🙂