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 22, 2011


Daddy Honey worked with an absolutely wonderful woman named Katrina at his job in Florida. Coincidentally, she started her career at the same small progressive school that I started my career at, only several years before I was there. She really gets into learning, too, and was always up on the favorite toys and games and books, and was, in fact, the person to first bring the big Duplo Legos into the house. (You may have noticed in past pictures that they are everywhere, that the boys love them, and that they are integrated into nearly every play scenario!)

The Christmas card we got from her today contained gel window-sticks in the shape of a Christmas tree. The boys loved it, and were so happy to have some of their own after having seen them at their cousin's house. Woody recreated the tree exactly on our front window, and then did some freeform play on the plate. This one was "A Gem Robot Catching a Star," and it was commissioned by Fox.