Saturday, March 7, 2009

Coin Collector

My Kobe is a collector, he pays close attention to detail and loves to classify things. You should see his top drawer, he collects all kinds of things, some I just wonder...why? His great grandfather, long time coin collector, introduced this passion to Kobe and it fits him nicely.
He uses his magnifying glass to find details like the date and state of each coin.

I thought he might like to study his coins on a deeper level, so we put together a folder with blank paper for him to record interesting facts. He used an atlas, globe and a map as resources.

Little brother was interested in big brother's project, he stayed close by listening and learning...and contributed in his favorite counting.

It's rewarding for me to know my children have the freedom to pursue their interests in a meaningful way. And ofcourse it has me paying closer attention to my change in hopes of adding to his collection!


dongdong said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. That's so neat your kids will study the coins with a magnifying glass. Kids do love to investigate. I love that about them.

The little ones seem to always follow the older ones, don't they? :)

Lisa said...

I so agree with homeschooling, so much freedom! What a fantastic collection! I had a coin collection as a kid as well, but wasn't encouraged to take the hobby farther.....just collected coins! Way to go mama!

Erin said...

Our boys would completely get along! Yesterday my oldest sat down and counted all of the coins in his elephant bank. We practiced counting the dines by 10's, nickels by 5's, and so on.. he is fascinated by coins, but for some reason I never thought about the idea of helping him to start a collection! Thank you for sharing! Oh, and his younger brother is the same way. :)

Shona Leah said...

dongdong, you are so welcome, I'll be back to visit again soon. Yes, kids are natural investigators for sure. I love that about them too!

Thank-you Lisa! that "way to go mama" made me smile :0) he's had his coin collection for a few months now, but it didn't dawn on me until the other day to encourage him to be more creative with it.

Erin, wouldn't that be so cute, our boy's talking about coins together! My mind was thinking coins=math too, but when he was searching his piggy bank for certain states, it occured to me to tie it into a social study. (Kobe has a big blue crayon for a bank :0)

Amy Bradstreet said...

Yes, that's what I cherish about unschooling the most--the ability and freedom to explore interests on our own time. Wonderful post, Shona.

Shona Leah said...

Thank-you Amy,
Unschooling is full of surprises too, we learn best when we're interested, who would have ever thought it hehe!