Klara runs around the house with the kids who are staying with us, shrieking loudly that they need to find a monster and his two bean boxes. I have no idea what that means but nothing makes me happier than the sounds of Klara running around with a group of kids.
I’m honestly ready to move the zoo and the circus into our house to achieve this result.
At this age there’s absolutely no activity more educational and developmentally crucial than being together with other kids doing unstructured, unplanned, unsupervised activities. When puberty hits, this will start to change. But learning to be around peers is learned between ages of 2 and 12. And people who miss out never really catch up. I speak from experience here.
The funny thing is I know I’m preaching to the choir here. I don’t think anybody on this blog would disagree with what I’m saying. But you folks have no idea how alien this approach is to a lot of people who have fancy degrees in education. They’ll talk your ear off about “academic readiness” and “educational outcomes” of toddlers.