Tuesday, August 17

Science equipment.

I've been thinking about how much of the children's play is learning. Well, all of it is really, but how if you want to, it is easy to see a lot of what they do in terms of school subjects.
Heaps of things Mr T does at the moment are science and maths orientated.
Here's a list of stuff he plays with and uses to do experiments which are sciencey or help him learn about mathematics.

Magnifying glass
magnets
bottles, measuring cups, and containers
vinegar and bicarbonate of soda
balloons
a dress makers tape-measure
builders tape measure
calculator
protractor
compass (the type for drawing circles)
and a compass that tells you direction
binoculars
cuisenaire rods
matches
candles
a flint
dirt
sand
rocks
crystals
ruler
hour glass
sissors and knives
building blocks
set square
rope and twine
tape and glue

That list is in no way complete. So much of Mr T's play involves learning about the world in one way or another. A day does not go by when he doesn't learn something new.
So if you ask if unschooling is working then it is. He learns everyday, he is happy and he is totally confident to follow his own agenda, not needing to be told what to do or directed one way or the other to be sure he is learning.

2 comments:

Mon said...

excellent.
as long as a child has access to the world, i think it impossible for them not to learn. we're just built that way. shame we've lost this simple knowledge about ourselves ay?

karisma said...

Love it! He would get along so well with Zak!

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