This was a moment of three connections: playing, then reading, then singing; Nana, then our former neighbor in Tallahassee, Bea, then Daddy Honey. And it ended with a look at a map and a plan to someday soon visit Sequoia National Park.
Here's how it went:
Fox started playing with this cutey-pie Folkmanis puppet house that my mom got for the boys last Christmas. We all got in on it, taking a puppet or two each to animate with silly actions and incongruent voices. But then Fox started getting a little particular and possessive about the puppets, so Woody and I split off to read this book that our former neighbor, Bea, had given to Woody back when he was about to turn four. It's a book about interdependence and shelter, and it's beautiful. And then, Woody remembered a Muppet Show clip that Daddy Honey had showed him back in the summer. It's a woodland scene with three bumbling hunters set to Buffalo Springfield's "For What it's Worth." Woody started singing the song. Then we were all singing that song, and I looked it up on the computer. While we were there, we looked up redwood trees, and where they lived, and planned to visit so we could see trees like this up close.
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.