September 24, 2019

Learning Plan

How will the child sustain her interest in what she is doing?
How will the child take up challenges?
How will the child know what is the next step?
How will the child know what to learn next?
In school curriculum concepts are introduced chapter wise and the teacher goes chapter by chapter...so we know there is progress to the next step. But, when the child left for her own, how will she ask for or look for the next challenging problems?
She has been asking for more and more and more questions since so long...

5yo Lesson Plan

This life where an individual decides her course of action, brings required materials to implement her action, asks an adult to write down some questions, writes down her own questions, verifies her answers on her own, confirms the correctness on her own, decorates with smileys on her own is in a way called as homeschooling/unschooling/open learning life. 😅😅😅
These terms do not justify our exact lifestyle. But, there's a whole change in the definition of learning wherein conventional methodology, the individual is considered as a subject who is made to read, write, learn considering the onus to be on an adult(parent/teacher), rewarding those who manage to finish the expected work in a stipulated time with sticky smileys, sticky stars, pushing the others to do the same next time so they could get those stars...and, there are stars for finishing a meal, too!!
When 5yo came to me shortly after she sat down for solving her questions, I asked her, Questions over? You didn't want to show me? She said, "I know all of them were correct, I even drew smileys." And showed me her copy.
In the journey of open learning, a child is treated as much as an adult where one learns solely based on the desire for learning and not for the sake of external authority or rewards.

Experimenting spellings

Seems like certain sounds of words becoming so intuitive that we do not realise the sound existed in that word.
5yo: oh, the ground has an rr sound and should have the letter r in it! Let me spell write ground without the r. G, o, u, n, d ..oh, it has become gound.
The letter g and r grrrr.
Self-education through play and exploration requires enormous amounts of unscheduled time—time to do whatever one wants to do, without pressure, judgment, or intrusion from authority figures. That time is needed to play with ideas and materials, experience and overcome boredom, learn from one’s own mistakes, and develop passions. Peter Gray, Freedom To Learn.
Teaching spellings, making them write out the words 10 times so they memorize the spellings and write the correct answers in tests to score a 10/10 simply takes away this freedom to think, kills the ability to self-analyse and come up with the spellings.

The desire to write

5yo has been doing a lot of writing for days.
She copywrites stories. She writes some lines in a greeting card. "If you have wings, you can fly".
She asks me to write down some stories that she recites. Some stories are woven on her own while some are comprehended from the videos that she watches.
One instance, she started to recite just before our usual bedtime and it was going on and on and on. She had already warned me that it was a very long story and I shouldn't stop her! While I kept writing almost 7 pages of her story, the 2yo kept counting the number of yawns she had. She showed her palm with 5 fingers wide apart saying, I already got this many yawns, how long amma?? And she counted up to 7 yawns then.
And, so many questions while writing- why you out comma here, why exclamation, why questions mark? Is this the next sentence?
This is how learning without school looks like. Learning by exploring, probing and questioning!
Recently, she loved reading this book "The Troll" so much that kept reading/asking me to read repeatedly and she didn't like the fact that the story had ended when it actually ended. Hence, she continued another part by reciting and I write it down.

The Inner Instinct

Amma, who's paper is this?
Receipt of a super market
Can I use it?
Yes.
YAY!
Children have this natural curiosity to explore. Let's not dumb it down by our excessive rigid routines and schedules.

Learning by living

This was the scene in our home some days back(keeps happening too). 10 mins after both kids woke up, they had an argument and me...