When it comes to self directed learning, there are no limits. Days like these are what make our choices worth it. When we allow the imaginations of children to blossom, beautiful things happen. This is what “Unschooling” is about. Letting our children decided for themselves what is interesting and what is not. It encourages self interest and passion, and with all hope, will promote a life long desire for learning.
Peanut came to us with a request, to see shadows made of color and to mix colors through glass. She provided me with the list of supplies that she needed, and together we all experimented with color mixing and light reflections. In the second photo you can see the colorful shadows she was aiming for. We started out with the basic primary colors of red, yellow, and blue and the interest quickly blossomed into how to make colors like orange, green, and purple without actually mixing the dyed water.
She expressed that next time she would like to do this experiment with a white flower, to see the flower transform into a rainbow of colors by “feeding” it dyed water.
Remember, myself and Carlos did not introduce this idea to her. She discovered it on her own through an educational program that we allow her to watch. And she alone decided to pursue the experiment and investigation. She was so passionate about it, that she did not even need to watch the show a second time to remember the necessary ingredients and steps…she recalled it all from memory after seeing it just one time!