This picture explain what the difference between accommodation and assimilation are. Assimilation is when schemas are applied to objects around you. Accommodation is the changing of the schemas explaining the experiences. I remember doing this with my son when he was little. We read mountains of book when he was younger and his favorite used to be I Love You to the Moon and Back. I remember him pointing to the moon and I would tell him moon. When we went outside he would point to the sun and say moon. I had to explain how that wasn’t the moon even though it looked just like it.