People get smart by giving constant attention and thought to the concrete details of daily life,
by having to solve problems which are real and important,
where getting a good answer makes a real difference, and where Life or Nature tells them quickly whether their answer is any good or not.
The woods are such a place; so is the sea; so is any place where real, skilled work is being done–like a small farm…like your own orchards.
–John Holt in Growing Without Schooling Issue 8