Hi. My daughter is turning 3 in two weeks. Yes she is only 3 but I am thinking of myself as an unschooler so as not to allow myself to be fooled into the ideology that 3 year olds must attend preschool/ learn to write letters etc. This is common place where I live.
I intend to unschool when she is school aged.
The issue is that she is so very smart that I don't know what to do. For example: Do I teach her to read if she wants to do it? (Or am I doing that already by reading to her a lot?" She likes to "read" her Frog and Toad books but of course she has memorized them. She gets so excited and says , " Mommy, I can read! " I don't want to ruin her joy of reading by teaching her something that wouldn't be fun for her. At this point she asks me as we go through our day, " Mommy, what does car start with etc.?" She came up with this on her own after singing the Cookie Monster song in a Sesame Street book she has. She doesn't know what letters are what except for a few like O and S and M and I really don't care about that.
She is very curious about numbers and will say things like " Two halves makes one", or " Two and two makes four". Mostly she learned this from helping me cut up fruit.
She highly enjoys puzzles and games. She makes up her own rules for all of the games and teaches them to me.
How can I keep stimulating her without actually pushing her? It annoys me to know end that family think that I should teach her certain things simply because she is capable of learning them. Yes she is smart. Of course she could learn to recognize all her letters and numbers. But what would be the real value at this point? My mom for example is annoyed that I don't teach her the rules to Candyland or Domino build.
She knows other things that other little kids don't know or ask about. Because she asks me about 900 questions a day and I answer them. Some I have to answer later because I don't know the answer. Lately her questions have been about animals, " Why are owls nocturnal?" and " Can squirrels swim?" oh ...and " Why does are food turn into poop?" LOL She is especially determined to tell all the kids she meets that I have a baby in my uterus and that it is going to come out of a special opening that can stretch wide to let a baby through.
As far as play.....she mostly enjoys to play with her wooden train set, duplo blocks, and cars. Her true love is to be outside. She has gotten over her sensory fear of sand and now loves to dig. We have a water table and she also loves her trike and scooter. She especially loves going on walks in the forest to find "creatures". Daily trips to the duck pond to see the new babies are in order but I have a hard time keeping up with her active play needs as I also have a 19 month old with special needs and I'm 6 months pregnant.