Hey! I have been lurking on these boards a long time, and have recently read through a ton of posts on this board since discovering that my 7 year old son is 2e and suspecting my 2 1/2 year old son is gifted. I'd love advice from y'all about my younger son, V.
V is one of those kids who cannot have enough "feeding" when it comes to mental stimulation. I couldn't possibly read aloud to him as much as he would like, or do enough puzzles with him, or have enough conversations about the meanings of words. I know he wants more because he's very verbal and tells me. Loudly and clearly, lol.
So I need some ideas about ways he can learn independently when I need to cook supper or take a shower, etc. This is where he's at right now: he knows letters and letter sounds, numbers and 1-1 correspondence, can count objects to 10 and rote count to 20, shapes, colors, is obsessed with obscure construction vehicles, astronomy ("can we go find 'Rion's Belt, momma?"), and vocabulary ("this bathroom is malodorous"). He's is clearly trying very hard to read--he tries to sound out signs and labels all the time. I don't sit him down to teach him these things--he absorbs them out of the air or something. No interest in writing, drawing, or coloring.
I'm thinking maybe something computer-based would work? He loves and can navigate the computer very well, but is bored with Starfall. Is Reading Eggs worth the money? Any other appropriate suggestions, computer-based or not? We have a great home library and live in the country, so he has a lot of free access to outdoor play and browsing picture books.
I appreciate any advice! When he's clamoring for more, it makes me a little panicky thinking I'm not giving him what he needs...