Today DS6 decided he wanted to make a snakes and ladders game after being inspired by our morning maths activity. It was completely his idea. We didn't have any large cardboard so he improvised by sticky taping A4 bits of paper together.
I loved watching his spontaneous creativity. I love that he thought of the idea himself. I love that when presented with an obstacle (no cardboard) that he had to think of a solution. I also love that he gathered his siblings once he had finished to join together to play his creation.
It's moments like this that I see where the idea behind natural learning comes from. I wonder whether this type of spontaneous creativity happens everyday if given no structure at all? Or does more classical learning provide the inspiration for natural learning and teach new ways of exploring the world? I'm starting to see that the two can work together - just as I am witnessing in my own homeschooling experience.
It has made me consider what kind of homeschooler I am. At this stage I see myself as a classical homeschooler that offers plenty of opportunity for natural learning to occur. The two are not mutually exclusive in our household and we seem to have a good balance which works for my children.
So here is my precious DS6 with his snakes and ladders creation.
I am such a proud homeschooling mum!