Monday, February 11, 2008

Little Things

Hunter has had a recent obsession with small objects in large quantities: marbles, keys... right now it's beads.

He loves getting the beads out and spreading them on the table, sifting his hand through the container, sorting them, and carrying on conversations with them.

I'm sure there are a million little connections being formed in his brain as he creatively explores and plays with these things. One could not honestly evaluate all that he is learning in these little play sessions, as he uses his imagination, sorts and classifies while noticing detail, develops fine motor skills, and explores with his senses, just to name a very few.

Sometimes I just sit back and watch him, not sure how I could get involved in his play in any sort of helpful or meaningful way. He is just so enthralled and focused on his task. I've really come to notice that to little kids, "playing" is not just some outlet of leisure and entertainment but is a purpose-driven way to learn about their world. He chooses things to play with that are interesting and, as we would call it, "educational".

"and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:"
Matthew 25:32
Hunter is 2 years, 10 months old

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