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.

Thursday, December 8, 2011


We took Brodie, our Doberman, to the vet today. Brodie has a slipped disk in his neck. He was in a lot of pain, but he is growing happier by the minute with the muscle relaxers and pain medicine that he's on.

But while we were there, the vet techs gave the boys two comic books on dog parasites (published by Frontline). Woody found them very interesting, but also revolting, which is to say we read them both several times.  To tell the truth, we all learned something from them. Downright educational flexitarians, us.

And at home, he found some old blank cards of mine and decided to write his cousin a note. Here's what it says:

Dear Aila,

Are you still reading the Lemony Snicket book?



(We started reading the first book in the Series of Unfortunate Events series together while she was in town. My mom downloaded it onto her Kindle so they could keep reading at home as we kept reading the paper copy.)