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, March 27, 2012


Woody woke up early with me while Fox stayed asleep, so we had a Mama-Woody chat and oatmeal breakfast. Then, he asked if we could go for a hike today. We might see some nice flowering trees, I said. But then, maybe most of the blossoms have fallen; the trees in our yard are all leafed out now. Did our maple tree get flowers? he wanted to know. Yes, I said, but most tree flowers are inconspicuous. Shall we look up maple tree flowers to see what they look like? Naturally we started our search at Google, whose Doodle today is on Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

So after going through the maple flowers, some of which were not as retiring as I would have thought, we went back to look at the Mies buildings. Woody liked his skyscrapers best, and thought this picture was really cool:

This gives me an idea for an outing today, one that combines flowering trees and cool architecture... hmmm...