Woody started wrestling with the Santa thing earlier this year. He really wanted to pin me down on it, what I thought happened, what I thought he thought, what he was supposed to think, what most kids thought, etc. And I could tell it was unsatisfactory for him when I kept trying to turn this questions back at him for him to come to his own conclusions. Apparently, though, he has. This is what he said to me today:
"You know, I'm glad I know the truth about Santa Claus. That way, I don't have to worry so much about 'is Santa real, or is he just a big red misunderstanding?'"
But he still wants me to sign presents "Santa." This makes me smile.
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.