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, January 5, 2012


Today was our first whole day in Chicago. Fox woke up before sunrise, and I wasn't sorry at all to get up with him and draw the curtains to this:

We worked at a steady clip to get dressed, fed, and moving in the direction of the Field Museum. We walked through Millennium Park to get there and had the Anish Kapoor sculpture "Cloud Garden" to ourselves for a few minutes.

The Field Museum was more vast, more interesting, more magical, and better-done than I even thought a museum could be. We spent from about 10 in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon, catching the bus back to our hotel (which was an adventure in and of itself, one that kept me mentally so busy that I did not think to snap a picture of it). We were all exhausted, but really, really glad we squeezed as much as we could out of the day.