In light of recent discussions on the IHSAN Forum, I set myself an experiment. I wanted to see what would be different about a structured HE day and an unstructured day. Monday, I set up the workbox system for the first time and R used that system for her HE. Today, we had an unschooling day! Yup, thats right we had an unschooling day. 🙂
So, lets compare the two different days:
Preparation: I set up R’s schedule strip on the Sunday night, and filled her boxes according to her schedule which can be found at the top of this blog. What went in the boxes?
Box 1: Word level worksheets (independent work)
Box 2: Handwriting book – 2 pages (independent work)
Box 3: A book read to me (work with Mum) and Making sentences activity
Box 4: 3 pages of surahs she has memorised (work with Mum)
Box 5: 2 pages of Qaidah practice (independent and work with Mum)
Box 6: Maths – 2 lessons from the MEP program (work with Mum and independent work)
Box 7: Arabic – writing practice on her wipe board, 2 pages from Madinah Arabic for kids (independent work)
Box 8: Read a recycling book to R (work with Mum)
Box 9: We began to recycle scrap paper to make homemade paper
When she awoke, she followed her morning routine and took her schedule strip at 8.30am. She worked through her schedule strip from 8.30am to 1.30pm (this included any breaks, free time, lunch that I had scheduled in into the schedule strip but not including her swimming lesson).
Here are some pics:
Preparation: She woke up and I told her that she could do whatever she wanted to do today as long as she at least read to me and did her Quran practice. She agreed.
What did she do today? She started around 9.30am and finished around 4.30ish, again that was with meals, breaks etc. Although now, she is reading to her brother. So, I guess an unschooling day doesn’t really end. Mmmm….
Finished making her homemade paper recycling project (it is still drying as we speak).
Dressed up and played
Did her 3 pages of Quran revision with me and 2 pages of Qaidah practice
Painted two pictures
Made a picture using stamp printing.
Made salt dough pieces (they are currently drying)
Read 3 books to herself
Made a geography puzzle
Here are some pics:
So, I asked R which day she preferred. Drum roll please………………………
She said she preferred UNSCHOOLING TUESDAY because it was fun! I really don’t know what to say. Yes, she had more fun today because she did more arts and crafts. But then on WORKBOX MONDAY, she completed more work in different subjects.
My dearest readers, your comments and advice are much welcomed – structure vs. unschooling…where do we go from here? I did this experiment to see what works/how it works. Yes, they were only two days – so can’t really say much but what do you think? Right now, I don’t know what to think. lol