Autonomous Learning Continues

Back to normality

In the aftermath of our autonomous living experiment I felt that a more structured approach was necessary to Kai’s learning, but when Monday arrived I realised that it wouldn’t work. And so I resumed the ‘play it by it ear’ approach.

We joined a Jodo class for home-ed children in Dalston, and my son  Kai seems to really enjoy it. The children are given wooden swords and eventually have a wonderful Japanese kit( usually after 3 months). We are gradually discovering that there is a large home-ed community with a variety of activities including tennis, Latin, drama, dance and so much more. If socialisation was ever an issue in the past it certainly is not now.

When we are out and about learning seems to take place naturally and with very little effort. On the way to Jodo Kai noticed some yellow metal objects along a low wall all along the platform. Kai thought that they were some sort of camera, and I suspected that they were light reflectors. I will ask a member staff when we go there again. The more time I spend with Kai the more I see how observant and curious he is about the world around him. This ties in perfectly with Roland Meighan’s view on natural learning:

Parents soon find out that young children are natural learners. They are like explorers or research scientists busily gathering information and making meaning out of the world. Most of this learning is not the result of teaching, but rather a constant and universal activity as natural as breathing.
(Roland Meighan, Natural Parent)

At home things are a little different; things don’t always flow as naturally. But I suspect this is largely due to the fact that he has been in the school system for the last four and a half years, and each school day was highly structured. To help Kai in his transition I have found that I have had to do a little indirect prompting, maybe by starting an activity to see if he wants to join in. For example, on Monday after Jodo we went to a charity shop and found some great bargains. One of which was a 200 piece puzzle of the map of Europe.

The next day I decided to give the puzzle a go. After a short while he joined me and although he went off occasionally to play with his puzzle ball( purchased with the puzzle) he came back to the puzzle in the evening to help me finish it.

Completed map of Europe puzzle with a missing piece

Why does there always have to be one missing piece?

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About SJ

A mother, writer and free-spirited home-educator with a passion for challenging the norm.
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