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.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

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Daddy Honey and the boys experimented with maple samaras today, a term referring--I just learned--to the seed and the little wing attached to it. They made various alterations to the sail part to see how they would affect the helical motion, the graceful, twirling falls. They made splits at different points, changed the shape of the sail, removed the seed, etc. Calling this physics doesn't seem to do the experience justice, but of course it was impossible not to learn something about the ways things fall, fly, and otherwise behave with regards to weight, air, force, resistance, and planes.



I want to point out that above and in the last couple of posts, I have made reference to the boys, not only Woody. Fox is much more present with Woody these days. It's  harder to separate out their experiences to talk about them. I had forgotten this about three, that it's often an age of coming into one's own. For Fox, coming into his own means running with the bigger kids, beginning with his older brother. He refers to "Woody and me" when he wants to do things. He points out to me the things that he can do now that he couldn't a few short months or weeks ago. So, there you have it. Eighteen posts left in our 180 days of unschooling project, and we have, it seems, a shifting focus from the kindergarten-aged child to the brothers, 6 and 3. Ah, well. We're big fans of evolution and adaptation, principles of biology, those, and hard to ignore.

And if you're in the mood for more reading (I'm probably going to be taking Sunday and Monday of off posting, trying to stretch these last posts out through the month of April), there is an unschooling blog carnival which I entered this month. The new themes are posted April 1. Check it out here:

http://unschoolingblogcarnival.blogspot.com/