There is no doubting whether Aiden's placement of the objects or drawn lines are intentional as he reacts in mini-meltdown behavior. He is meticulous and deliberate (definitely part of the family).
We have found through a careful assessment of trial and error that not every child learns the same, communicates the same, produces the same results or shares the same reactions to material being thrust at them. Affectionately, you could almost call our style of teaching more of a "wait and strike, then back off, then strike again" method. Every day is a dance between student and older, wiser student, between fresh-to-the-world teacher and experienced teacher. We teach him, he teaches us.
He leads, we have to keep up. So we simply "suggest" topics of the day for him by leaving him stations on the big table before he even wakes. We turn on whatever cultural music the unit of the week infers and then dance barefoot as a family, and let him show us what he wants to do first... So goes the day. The key to that inner personal harmony Aiden and all of us need to project our best self outward is somewhere in this process. The child will always tell you what they need; they show you. We just listen to Aiden.
As a result, we have an indescribably amazing walking talking miracle of a son.
---They are all great.
We collectively have to try every day not to disrupt and correct them to the point that they lose a sense of who they are before they even meet themselves. The results are priceless.
Let them teach you.