Self-initiated learning is a marvelous thing! All children are curious, with the desire to learn and the capacity to explore, observe and practice. I don't believe in pressuring young children to learn with a planned, test-driven curriculum. Today, LC decided to sketch her toys...observational drawing. She asked for a few sheets of paper from my sketch pad, went into the living room and chose three toys and sat down for fifteen minutes. She returned to the dining room and placed each toy on the matching drawing and proudly said "I wanted you to know the toys I draw." Cool!