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.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


I am cooking rice for rice balls and the boys are in on my bed with a chess set that we picked up from the free table at the community center. I can hear bits of their conversation. It is a back-and-forth, not exactly a play scenario, more of a discussion. I peek my head in. They both have pieces in hand and various pieces on the board. I go back to cooking. A moment later, Woody runs in here to tell me "Fox just said, 'I dropped a pawn.' Mom! He knows to call it a pawn! He said that! AND, he put the bishop in the right place!" The child is beaming. I listen closer and realize that Woody is showing Fox how the game works:

"Chess is all about war, and the battle has already started. What is this? Right, it's a knight."

And it goes on...