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, December 5, 2011


The Secret of Kells is Woody's favorite movie. He must have seen it 30 times. This morning, while we waited to leave to go to the art museum, he shared it with Aila and Nana. It tickles me to watch him share something he loves. He hops around and talks fast and is smiling so big he can hardly get some words out. I think Aila finds this annoying, but she can also tell the movie is just that good. The first several times we saw the movie led to a great many talks and books about Celts, Vikings, pagans and Christians, Britain and Scandinavia, ship travel, and literacy.

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Later, after we finished watching it, Woody commented on how much he liked the music in the movie. So I looked up traditional Irish music in Pandora and we listened to a few songs. Woody and Aila played the drums with it for a while, but then Woody pantomimed playing the Irish flute. When he was really little, Christy Crandall, the parent of one of my middle school students, started an Irish band with the kids. I used to nurse Woody in the library while they practiced in the classroom. It was lovely.