will we go to college?

Yesterday was the Medallion Ceremony for Tucker’s graduating class, and today he graduated in a class of eleven, from the Pennoni Honors College of Drexel University’s Custom-Designed Major Program. Even in that very elite group, he was the only student to receive both Honors with Distinction, and graduate Summa Cum Laude. It had gotten both…

mom’s worst weekend ever: hershey, PA

I don’t think I’ve ever really had a “bad trip” before, but boy, this was one. The shortest possible version: I had no idea how much sensory sensitivity and migraine triggering I would have from being at Hershey Park. I wanted the kids to get to do as much as they possibly could, but the…

synthesizer boy

A few weeks ago I got the kids the Little Bits/KORG twelve-piece magnetic synthesizer kit. Tuck and Béla went at it, trying it out, and then it got put away for a week or so. But today it came out again. Claudia played with it for a little while. Then Béla went back to it,…

working on end-of-year capstone projects

Since Tucker had a Senior Capstone Project (“There and Bleghhh! Again: Understanding the Molecular Basis of Taste Preferences and Predicting Bitterness Perception”) that he presented last month, my idea of assigning the kids an end of year “research paper” turned into “research paper in the form of a ‘zine” and then became the kids’ “capstone…

STEM fun

Okay. In two days, it’s June. I’m like a dead worm now. I still have a short list of things I’d like them to finish before the end of the school year and it looks so… obtainable… and yet… They are enjoying their once-a-week Snapology class. Only two sessions left! And, because Claudia had gotten…

“a mirror maze: numbers in nature” at the franklin

An exhibit that Mom here would not be able to handle. I don’t do mirror mazes. We’ll let the experience speak for itself, although Ben says that the exhibit’s definition of the Golden Ratio was somewhat wonky. Seems like they had a good time. Glad it was good for them, because I can barely watch…

la borinqueña at amalgam comics

I’m usually the one who is first in the know about cool new stuff (really!) but a few months ago our family friend Eileen — who has known Tucker since he was younger than our kids — had messaged me that she wanted to take Claudia to a meet-and-greet and talk by this comic book…

at pleasant playground with eclectic learning network

It can take you a little while to find your footing with who your people are on Planet Homeschool. I was “set up” with a very wonderful homeschooling mom to lean on via Facebook before we even had our affadavit done, and she helped me a ton — even though my one and only (so…

as we near the end of this “school year”

So far, a week full of activity; a kid-led workshop in origami fingerpuppets at a very friendly homeschool home; Claudia FINALLY got her cheerleading uniform; Béla crashed girl scouts dressed as a bee, and the kids went to get a glimpse of the Rick and Morty… vehicle. (I have very lax standards for “appropriateness” and…

infinity mirrors

We had tried to get day-of tickets for Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrors” retrospective when we were in DC in February, to take Claudia to the Museum of African-American History and Culture for her birthday. But they were gone in seconds of the doors opening. Calling and checking in the following months was also fruitless. Ben…

claudia’s special week of accomplishments

Last week, Claudia was presented with a Student Service Leadership Award from Cradles to Crayons, for her “Black Athena” project to raise money to purchase dolls of color for C2C. We were very proud of her. I enjoyed seeing that she was not, primarily, “happy to be getting an award” — she was listening really…