the first homeschool birthday, and the annual martenitsi-making

I had wondered about this from the beginning. I knew Claudia’s birthday would be first-up after we started homeschooling. (Béla’s had been during the first week of school; in fact, Béla started kindergarten ON his sixth birthday.) And I worried: it was still going to be just a weekday, when Ben was working and Tucker…

welcome… to moss.

We have many plans for moss this year. While the plans are creative, it also seems beneficial to record our findings as scientifically as possible. It gives us data that can be used at next year’s Homeschool Science Fair, and it also just helps us keep track of what’s working. OBJECTIVE: we need to be…

LIX 3D pen

Neat! Béla at work: and Claudia, with a different approach. I think there are great possibilities here for shadow puppeteering… which is on our list anyway.

presidents’ day at the national constitution center

Tucker had seen that admission was free to the Constitution Center for Presidents’ Day. We’ve done very little of the stuff most people visit Philadelphia to do. So we did some. Béla kind of stole the day with this. But when we took this picture below, we put it up on Facebook, tagging our Philadelphia…

an anti-islamophobia workshop

Sometimes I am really awed by the things our city has to offer us. I love to see the events Camp Sojourner has, and am happy that Claudia is gaining some comfort level in going to them (we met one of the people who runs Camp Sojourner at a birthday party last fall, and Claude…

ode to DIY.org

A place to make creative goals,to learn new things, to admire what other kids are doing — a carefully moderated, kind, online space for young users making their first internet friendships. That is what DIY.org is and we are so lucky to have found it. When Claudia groaned about having to do solfege exercises for…

welcome to the “make your job” project

When we decided to homeschool, all five of us had reasons why we believed it would improve the quality of our lives and of the children. Ben, in particular, wanted to prepare the children not for a life where they were “educated” so they could “get a job” — he wanted them to know that…

this just in: chicken feet are puppets

Well, not JUST in. Our friend Janet told us last month. She knows a lot about puppets. If you pull the tendons in severed chicken feet, you can get different digits to move. There’s one jackpot tendon that makes a “fist” of the foot entirely. Some people appreciate this fun trick more than others. I…

just in case you thought the rock tumbler was ALL fun and games

I’m lead to understand that these sheets will come back out when the next batch of rocks get tumbled, but it’s sort of like sorting laundry for the machine: I don’t think we have enough rocks of similar hardness right now to make a full batch. Thanks to Tucker for creating these tables, as he…

valentine’s ROCKS!

As we have mentioned, Tucker got a rock tumbler for Christmas, and has been helping the kids identify the stones as they first went into the tumbler, and then make observations throughout the various (and long) processes involved in tumbling. These stones have been going for about a month now — but NOW THEY ARE…

after the first cookie-sale table…

Wow. I never thought of myself as a mom who would have a Girl Scout daughter, but I must say the fact that I met Claudia’s troop leader at an of Montréal concert says a lot. I love our troop leaders — they are not, as a friend who stopped by tonight’s cookie sale at…