weapons, to scale

“Longer than that”. She could describe it, but she had run out of room to draw it… and thus a lesson was born. I read a whole article today about a school that does EVERYTHING through live action role play (LARP). My kids love their larping group, Epic Adventurez, and one of their teachers there,…

strandbeest

Sometimes there’s no point in adding any commentary because just listening to them talk (in this case, Béla), it’s obvious that we don’t need to “test” them very much to see that they learn. He has had this model for POSSIBLY half his life. He and Tucker finished it in two hours. I really don’t…

just a claudia morning

I brushed my teeth to the sound of her singing “Happy Birthday”, and saw that she had set up this party for “Frank”, her gargoyle that she won at the zombie ice skate last winter. They are having tea and apple cake. When she looked out the front door and saw that they were cutting…

backstage with bread and puppet theatre

Our friend Janet has been my partner in making Parade of Spirits, Liberty Lands (formerly Krampuslauf Philadelphia) happen since 2011. She has been part of Vermont’s Bread and Puppet Theatre for much longer than that. When Bread and Puppet come to Philly in their big bus, they often sleep at Janet’s house. That was the…

march for science, philadelphia

Last Monday, Tucker finally accepted an offer into a graduate program — one that we were all excited about. We had been waiting for that moment since September 21, the day he took his GRE. (Moments after putting his phone in his locker to take the GRE, we received the call that my father would…

jang kiha and the faces — once in a lifetime

While lying in bed with a migraine last weekend, I stumbled across the info that Jang Kiha and the faces — an “indie” Korean band (NOT K-pop) that we have been listening to with the kids (and Tuck!) for years… WERE GOING TO BE IN PHILLY TONIGHT. It barely made any sense. I truly thought…

notes at a lecture; a musical lemonade stand

While it has not worked that well in the past — and therefore has not happened as often as we had planned (although it had been an integral part of me agreeing to homeschool…) the kids went to Indy Hall, Ben’s co-working space, today. I had them fully armed with a LOT of curriculum stuff…

joyful noise

I bought the poetry book Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischman when I was a teenager. I also bought it a few other times, in subsequent years, and gave it as gifts to kids. I don’t know if anybody ever really enjoyed it like I did, but for all this time, I have looked forward to…

lift up your hands

As interested as my kids are in seeing “Hamilton”, tickets are still pretty hard to come by. Up until this week, the only show they had ever seen on Broadway was “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” (with Andrew Rannells. We had seen Neil Patrick Harris finish his run weeks before). They became Hedwig converts immediately…

is it homeschooling?

Is it homeschooling when you find a fifty-dollar bill on the street? Yup. If you were out on your own with your brother, checking to see if anyone was home at your friends’ place, and then headed to the playground (three independent street-crossings). Is it homeschooling when you create a new industrial design for your…