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.

Monday, September 26, 2011

20



Woody, looking at the pan of a dozen cookies just out of the oven:

There are four threes of cookies in 12 cookies. So, everybody who lives in this house gets three, except the dogs.

In education-ese, this is called number sense, or number concepts. Those of us who do it every day probably learned to call it multiplication. I like to think that however Woody thinks of it, he associates it with deliciousness and fairness.

I read this quote yesterday on a friend's Facebook page:

"“Do not worry about your problems with mathematics, I assure you mine are far greater.” ~ Albert Einstein


Often, I wish I could go back in time, make people cookies, and listen to their stories.

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Recipe for a dozen ginger cake cookies:

2-3 Tablespoonos of sugar
1/4 cup, or half a stick of butter
2 Tablespoons of molasses
1 egg
1-inch section of fresh ginger, diced small
about 3/4 cup of flour (But this may need to be adjusted; with molasses cookies, I always try to get the cookie-batter "look" right, as the recipes I have often call for too little flour and then make flat cookies. Don't be afraid to add more if necessary.)
A pinch of baking powder
A smaller pinch of baking soda

Cream butter and sugar. Add molasses and egg and mix thoroughly. Add diced ginger, and stir in. Add dry ingredients and just mix. Texture should be wet but fluffy.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for about ten minutes, until you begin to smell them and they have risen nicely with firmed edges