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.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

140

Daddy Honey and I got married in a stone courtyard in Maitland, Florida under a huge live oak tree on a breezy day in August, 2002. The courtyard was once part of a fanatastical complex of "Mayan Revival" structures--buildings, gardens, and other courtyards--that constituted a thriving artists' colony in Central Florida in the '30s, a late-career project of an artist and architect from Connecticut and his dear friend, an actress and theater professor at nearby Rollins College. It is run as a city park, and still hosts resident artists, art classes, and a gallery and museum store. I took a pottery class there when I was nine, and I went back again at 14 to take pictures with a new camera I'd gotten for my birthday.

The park is on the National Register of Historic Places, but is almost always empty, so when we go there, we have nearly free rein.