problem solvers!

We have a big day ahead of us tomorrow, one that will undoubtedly involve a big blog post, but I am just so proud of both of the kids today I could not let this go unwritten. Both of them spent much of the day at Béla’s friend Max’s house (Claude plays some with the…

comic books: a black princess, a ninja-type

Both of the kids are big comic book heads. More than I ever was. They know the Marvel and DC Encyclopedias Tucker gave them last Christmas almost by heart. Even though I was a big Incredible Hulk fan as a kid, and never expected anything as amazing as having the current Hulk be a Korean-American……

geomukkah?

We’ve been multitasking more than we would like to be. In addition to Ben’s consulting business and our own two-pronged family business (which supports people on the autism spectrum, on both the employment and product sides), we certainly knew this fall and winter would be an extra hard time to balance the holidays as well…

different things for different kids at different times

That has been our mantra for years… it doesn’t always work. Sometimes it does. Tonight was Claudia’s first Girl Scout troop meeting was tonight. She had a great time! (A mom there sent me this photo:) We don’t know if this scout group will go co-ed, like many do these days. But tonight, anyway, Béla…

parade of spirits, liberty lands, 2016

This event is such an important part of our lives, and the older the kids get, the more they are able to contribute to it. Béla in particular was very active in designing his costume this year. it was a Bender-from-“Futurama”, GWAR, samurai kinda Krampus thing. (Photo by Neil Kohl.) Béla was also instrumental in…

béladict claudiabatch

I have nothing to say, really. I taught Béla to do a certain type of logic puzzle that I have always loved yesterday, and he helped teach it to Claudia today. They did another of these puzzles immediately after, and Claude did very well, although this is one of those things — some critical thinking,…

geometrymas… four? maori koru pendants

This project just sort of snuck up on us, as I saw it lying on the table in what I assume is the most recent Highlights. Seemed like a very easy, gender-neutral gift idea for some folks; in this case, we chose to make them for the kids’ teachers at Philadelphia School of Rock. Rolling…

the phoenixville firebird festival

I have wanted to go to the Phoenixville Firebird Festival for many years. We got into town and decided to walk ahead of the procession, rather than wait for it, which was a good idea. It was already very crowded in the field. I love this photo of a man who was painting the bird….

celtic knot dice set… just the beginning.

Tucker loves knots. And he really loves Celtic knots. He has been waiting for this Kickstarter reward for some time now! These are really fascinating and the kids were better at figuring them out than I was (again, I think i will be building some new synapses with this homeschooling business). There are booklets and…

geometrymas three: post-it snowflakes

Béla could not wait to get working on these Post-It note snowflakes. In fact, he was a little frantic, because he really wanted to get one done before Claudia got home from dance the first time we tried them, and it went kind of wonky. So we gave it another shot together today. Yes, Claudia…

of mantis shrimps and leigh bowery

Because we can. Claudia on the mantis shrimp; Béla on Leigh Bowery. What if they were to meet? Or combine? Sounds like a comic book to me…

their efforts were useless.

A big homeschooling benefit: Béla finally gets to FINISH project kits he was given as kits over the past, oh, three years. This is a “useless box”, in that you switch it on, and what you have turned on is… well… He did get to solder, and we are going to be practicing more of…