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, March 19, 2012

153

Yesterday Woody asked Daddy Honey to do a science experiment with him while I was at church.


When he was three and he was going to school with me when I was teaching, Bridgette, my friend who watched him while I taught in the mornings made a paper mache volcano with him and added an old film canister at the top to make it "erupt" with baking soda and vinegar. This came to represent "science experiments" in Woody's mind, and though we've checked out many books with many other varieties of trials and demonstrations in them, and explained to Woody that many different types of structured investigations could be called "science experiments," he still comes back to this concept as a favorite.

So, Daddy Honey and Woody set out to see which acid that we had around the house was the most acidic. Woody thought they might be able to tell this by seeing which acid acted the most spectacularly with that ubiquitous and useful household base, baking soda.

They tried lemon juice, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, and white vinegar. Woody guessed lemon juice would be the most acidic because it tasted the most sour. He was encouraged in this theory by the fact that lemon juice made the biggest bubbles in the baking soda and reacted the fastest.

On the Internet, on a site explaining about pH levels, they found the following data:

pH levels of liquids in our test

lemon juice                  2.0 -- 2.6

lime juice                     2.0 -- 2.35

apple cider vinegar        3.1

white vinegar                2.4 -- 3.4

So while it's possible that our particular lemon juice was indeed the most acidic, there's really no way to tell without a litmus test. So, this week I'll be looking for one of those.

Also, we read a new book today called Catch Picasso's Rooster and were introduced to Franz Marc. We Googled his name and learned about expressionism at the turn of the 20th century.

My favorite painting of Marc's was Large Blue Horses.


Fox's was Foxes.


And Woody's was Fighting Forms (even before I told him the title).