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…