Here's another link that I got from an online friend (Sarah's) real-life friend (Justine), who I "met" through Facebook when she realized that we both unschooled. I've been on the Internet since 1994 and this still blows my mind, how, across hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of miles, people can connect, share resources and insights, and broaden each other's worlds. I know the Internet is a thing, but as a verb, it describes a pretty cool way to learn, too. We cast our nets out to each other and to other ideas, moving information and understanding back and forth across sinuous ropes. I envision a fisherman's net, maybe one that the Lord of the Rings elves would weave, sparkling and magically strong, and feather-light so that it almost sails out to the furthest reaches of the possible. What one pulls in from such a cast can be the most interesting, odd, thought-provoking, and soul-satisfying stuff to examine, add to the collection, learn from and then toss back out.
This is a good image to start a day with, you and your children standing on the soft sand at the edge of a silver-blue ocean at sunrise, casting out your nets with a few sweet words whispered to the wind to carry it somewhere spectacular, then feeling the muscles in your arms and legs warm as you pull in people and ideas that glint and twirl in your head, reminding you how rich and wonderful life is, how glad we are to have found each other and the wisdom that is ours to share.
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.