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.

Other things you might want to know

August, 2011

I know how to spell kindergarten. I was making an attempt at word play with the title, kind + garden. Sounds like kindergarten. Get it? Huh-huh. Yea. By the time I realized I had probably overthought that a bit, and should maybe have just come up with a simpler title, I was three posts into it and didn't want to start over.

There are two grown-ups in our family, and two kids. Woody is going to be six in November. His little brother, Fox, turns three in January of 2012.

The posts are going to focus on Woody because he's my only "school-aged" child, and I'm trying to share some of the learning that happen in rich and wonderful ways outside of school. But rest assured that Fox, Daddy Honey and I are there, too, also learning, also having fun, sometimes taking naps.

None of us like or prioritize housework much; doubtless some of the pictures of our living quarters will illustrate this.

I was a middle school teacher before staying home with my children. I've been reading about and implementing unschooling principles since Woody was about two and a half, so three years now at the start of this blog. I still consider myself very much a beginner, and I definitely would not have gotten this far without the people whose words you can find in the links section.

I am thinking I'll be posting one picture a day for roughly the 180 days that a schooled kid would be in school, and I'll describe what's going on in the picture plus other bits of related conversation, actions, and learning. This will represent only the tiniest snippet of the learning that happens all the time for all of us--you, me, Woody, everybody. It's meant to be a glimpse.

Edited to add, November 2011: The tidy one-picture-a-day-with-informative-caption idea was lovely, but the blog posts have tended to sprawl and include a lot more philosophy and often, more than one picture.

I have disabled comments on this blog because I'm thinking of it not so much as a dialog but more of an offering of what was going on in a particular moment in time in my life. If you feel very compelled to contact me, I can be reached at t re e soc k @ ya h oo.c om. (But without spaces.)

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