Unschool Learning, Ancient History, Rain Clouds & Clay.

One of the best things about Unschool is you never know where the learning will take you.

One day recently in Greece, it rained.

The children were so excited as they hadn’t seen rain for so long they dashed out and stomped in the puddles.

All that week we had been reading a french story about children who time travelled back to ancient times and helped a villager make clay pots, using water and dirt.

This had clearly captured the children’s imagination as they quickly set to work scooping up the thick mud at the bottom of the puddles and squeezing it into balls of clay.

Rustic little creations and clay pots of all shapes and sizes soon began to take shape.

A whole morning of uninterrupted learning, one activity naturally leading to another, directed only by their curiosity.

It brought up chats about how people used to make things before the use of plastic, machines and factories…

How materials can take on different properties when water is added…

What happens to clay when it drys in the sun…

How weather conditions and climate tends to be different country to country…

What clay feels like between our toes…

How the shapes and sizes of different pots can be useful for different things…

A full afternoon of creating, out in nature, using free materials they sourced using their own initiative.

Whilst us parents sat on the camper step watching in amusement at the faces of local people as they caught a glimpse of our two winks covered up to their knees and elbows in muddy puddle water, sloshing around and shrieking like wild creatures.

Needless to say we ran down to the sea for a quick dip once the puddle frolics had drawn to an end!