“this is the best week ever” (part one)

It really has been especially nice. Both kids keep commenting on how relaxed they feel. Béla has been knitting a lot. Claudia has been spending a lot of time doing dramatic play (I’m so glad she is not perceiving herself as “too old” for this) and they have been spending time with friends. They’ve also…

“school” pictures 2018-19

At the end of our first year of homeschooling, we did a very elaborate photo shoot to commemorate the year. At the end of last year, we just chose two candid pictures that seemed representative of a fairly messy, wild ride year that gave us much courage and freedom, and strengthened our bonds as a…

claudia completes her omo kulu mele season

Without a doubt, this is the performing arts group that means the most to her. (School of Rock is a close second.) I got a few good pictures at the first performance: (That’s the “don’t put a reassuring hand on my shoulder” picture) and, i got the good video. Then it became clear that leaving…

love that library.

Just reading, through a dinner of that summer treat/cheat, Golden Curry (Tuck and I stopped to pick up the Golden Curry at the Vietnamese grocery yesterday and went running to the manager’s office to report a gas leak — and it was just someone cutting up a durian). No TV, no games, no phone, no…

foam puppet making online with hobey

Hobey Ford is a source of kindness and gentleness every time I turn on my computer. He and his wife Sue homeschooled their three daughters, two of whom are now touring rock musicians, and Hobey made sure the kids got to go to soundcheck when his daughter Sallie was in town. Hobey is also an…

Alvin Tostig has a son today

It seemed so, SO long ago in February to think of May 31. February was when we saw the trailer for “Rocket Man” for the first time and we’ve just kept watching it and watching it and waiting for TODAY! Claudia was present and claims to have enjoyed the film but I do not think…

last session of “fan fiction writing”…one?

It is a really nice thing when your students feel the workshop has gone by fast, are irritated there’s not a makeup session for the cancelled one; and ask to have an entire second section added. I think it was primarily because they liked each other and everything we did was really media driven and…