Okay here is another real life thing that could be categorized into a learning experience as it really was a mental exercise.
My older son (age 8) received a subscription to LEGO Brickmaster for his 8th birthday. As part of this he receives a Lego Magazine which has more pages than the usual, free edition (which my younger son receives in the mail).
Today my older son decided to do a side by side comparison to see what was different about the Brick Master edition of the magazine and the free version. We sat and compared them and he made his observations.
Sometimes the articles were longer. Sometimes a two-page spread was edited to be a one-page spread in the free edition. Also the articles and ads were jumbled and not in order which made the comparison more difficult to do.
If he were in school or if I chose to do it, he could do worksheets with shapes and patterns and would circle which are the same or which one is different? That would be called mathematical reasoning and/or critical thinking skills. But today in our home it was a real life thing that he was interested in and it was with a LEGO magazine and not with a worksheet.
Weird things like this that he comes up with himself are things that he considers fun.
This is a perfect example of ‘interest driven learning’ and ‘unschooling’. We don’t presently unschool as our homeschooling method but since it was such a great example I wanted to share it with you! I know there are some of you out there who still don’t ‘get’ unschooling so there is one example for you.