My son Woody turned six in November of 2011. That would have been the kindergarten year for most kids, 180 days that mark the beginning of the school career. But Woody did his learning in the big, wide, beautiful world, without school being a part of it.

I'm Teresa Honey, and I kept this blog to document this time in my son's life, to share pictures and stories with far-away friends and relatives, and to add ours to the many stories of families living rich, engaging, loving lives with learning happening all the time and in many forms, totally inseparable from every other part of being human.

Here you'll find 180 or so learning moments recorded from August, 2011 to April, 2012 in the life of a 5-turned-6-year-old radically unschooled kid.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Day 3

One of my favorite bits of writing about unschooling comes from this page. It's by Pam Sorooshian, and it says that the essence of unschooling is to just live your life with your kids, but a bigger way to do it is to be present and playful, and also really curious and interesting. I love that. Be their interesting mom.

After yesterday's climbing of Mt. Compost, there was some focus on the bath. Putting on my Interesting Mom cap, I found these window crayons that Nana (my mom) had bought for the boys last winter, so we used them to draw on the tiles before bath time. (The motifs here pretty well represent what Woody likes to draw most of the time: soldiers, tanks and other weapons, monsters, vikings, fire and explosions. Fox likes knights and swords.)

Only later, when I attempted to "easily wipe off with soap and water" as the package suggested did I realize that these were not, in fact, real tiles, which are glazed with glass and therefore chemically identical to windows. These are plastic tiles. The colors embedded. The clean up is taking a loooong time, even with two little boys helping to spread the baking soda / detergent soft scrub...