The Day We Unschooled
By definition, we are not what most would consider unschoolers. We have a set structure to our day, but also have plenty of room to chase rabbit trails that crop up in our learning.
Last week my 4 year old decided that he wasn't into ABC's and 123's. No coloring or cutting. No playing ball or being read to. He just wasn't into "school". (Notice that school is in quotations!)
Having this resolve firmly in his head, he brought his older brother's K'nex set to me and declared he was going to build.
My normal response would have been to encourage him to finish the little bit of "seat work" we do and then move on to the active learning. But, this time I gave in. I really thought that since he's no K'nex expert, this activity would not keep his interest for more than the usual 5 minutes.
Boy was I wrong! He took to building these models all by himself like a champ!
In the end, he was so excited to show everyone his "scissors" and "wheel barrow" that he built all by himself!
And that's the benefit of allowing your child to take those detours in learning!