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.

Monday, January 30, 2012

120, con't

It's just a two post kind of a day, which is to say rich and wonderful.

Our friends Joy and Samuel came over mid-morning, and for two and a half hours there were few breaks in the play, from dressed-up knights to Playmobil knights to drawing to football video games to soldiers and back to knights again, this time in the sunny warmth of the backyard on this decidedly spring-like day.

And after some yum snacks (Joy brought coconut milk and raspberries for smoothies--a huge hit, and who would have thought of that for a play date treat?!?), we went to meet another friend at a park we'd never been to before, one which we might visit again tomorrow if the weather stays Florida-winter and the kids are game.

My favorite part of the day was the mama conversation. It was true and deep, the thoughtful, soul-satisfying stuff whose lack is keenly felt by mothers of young children the world over, those of us living in the moment with our kids but not so much in our own heads, much less the heads of other wise women. It was good to talk and listen long and well.