I just emailed a variation on this to our natural learner's group... This is how learning happens in our house without me "making him learn things".
Just to set the scene, I have a whiteboard / corkboard combination in our main living area that I use to write up word & maths puzzles, and sometimes I’ll pin stuff on that I’ve printed off that he might like to do. There’s no coercion to do any of it, and Billy enjoys doing them.
Anyway 8:30 tonight when he was supposed to be getting ready for bed, he spotted a maths ‘worksheet’ I’d pinned on there a couple of days ago with pyramid puzzles on. “Can I do those now?” (Me thinking ‘I just want to get him to bed so I can have an early night, but he wants to do maths… hmmm…’) “OK, if you’re quick”
So he did the 4 on the sheet, got me to check them, awarded himself a red tick next to them (?!) and then went looking for the “Good work” type stickers I’d bought and used a few times when we were doing “school stuff”. Lol, sometimes I wonder… If I’d suggested he do the worksheets then and there, he’d have dug his heels in, I hate to think what he’d have done if I suggested marking his sheet too?!
Speaking of maths, I came across this great post the other day that may interest some of you "But what about Math?"..