Unschooling is an organic, natural learning, Rye is learning from his environment, his play and interaction with others. Quite often his learning is not visible to me; where he derived much of his knowledge is a mystery to me, and other times it amazes me just how much he does soak up, especially when it appears he's not listening or particularly interested. His learning is kinda like osmosis.
Yesterday, in contrast was one of those days when his learning was very visible and covered a wide spectrum.
Later Rye played on the ipad; Angry Birds game, a Montessori matching board game, oh and he also watched James and the Giant Peach. Much later in the evening he brought me one of the oxford learning tree books and asked if we could read it together. Again a very pleasant and lovely experience for us both, I read, he copied, sometimes chiming in with the next word before I read it. Really exciting too that at the end we discussed the story, truly discussed it, he was able to tell me which race he thought was the funniest and we talked about other types of racing. This had been a concern of mine previously, his inability to be able coherently discuss what had been read, and to have a clear conversation. He seemed completely unable to extrapolate parts of the story and discuss and see comparisons, or give examples outside of the story.
These burgeoning abilities are coinciding with Rye beginning to come more out of himself. I was always a bit skeptical of Steiner's ideas about children been in almost dreamlike state until about 7yrs, yet this does describe Rye; he is beginning to wake up and see the world around him and engage in it more.