When we started out with our unschooling journey, we felt a little like knights in shining armor freeing ourselves from our own self-imposed shackles. Hence the name of the blog.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Connecting

This morning i realised that we all slept by 10 and woke up around 6. Not bad after many nights and afternoons of jetlag induced naps.

Raghu asked me to open a packet of salted peanuts which led to him requesting some salted, roasted cashews and then he started to say something about airplanes (which is where the salted peanut packet came from).. which then led to this question: "amma, which is heavier... metal or aluminium?" I replied that metal is like fish... a group word... so aluminum, iron, steel etc are metals... i was unable to remember more metals and he added tin and steel. then he said tin is lighter than iron... and that he got that observation from Iron Man... which led to a discussion of the suit the guy built for himself in the movie etc.

This entire conversation must have lasted about 10 minutes. It was so satisfying and amusing and interesting to see the connections, path of conversation topics etc. This morning i'm able to write it out... but these conversations happen often and by the time i get to write at the comp... i've forgotten the exact thread/topics adn connections.

3 comments:

globeonmytable said...

That is exactly how it goes in our house!

Hema A Bharadwaj said...

Its so cool to know that there are bunches of other families like ours out there :-) thanks for commenting. Sometimes it feels like we live in isolation here.... in terms of our unschooly lives.
It was huge for us to meet and actually see Sandra's children and other unschooling families with older children during out trip to the US this past month. It made unschooling very real and alive for dh and I.

Sandra Dodd said...

Those burst-of-learning sessions are my favorite things!

If it comes up again, tell him some metals are elements and some are alloys (combos) and that the U.S. coin "a nickel" is named because of what the coin is made of. And they use nickel in stainless steel.

Maybe someday "bronze age" and "iron age" will come up and that could be a part of that discussion too!

I like metals.