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.

Friday, November 25, 2011


December's coming right on up, and I do love an Advent calender, so I thought I'd make one out of fabric with pockets for poems and ornaments and goodies and such. A Google search for "DIY Advent calender" turned up plenty of good ideas, but in the end, I decided to just kind of wing it using the scrap fabric and embroidery floss, both of which I have plenty. Tonight was the big night of breaking out the sewing machine to sew the pockets onto the background. Woody wanted to push the foot pedal while I guided the fabric through, but that made me a little nervous, so he was the one to snip the threads.

He asked a lot of questions I couldn't really answer about how the machine worked, such as how the pedal makes the needle go up and down. I did my best with them, but thought we might go to a sewing machine repair shop in the next couple of weeks to watch and see how things get done.