summer’s final exam (part one)

This has been Claude and Béla’s most independent summer ever, and I’m not second guessing when I say it has had moments in it that I am sure they will remember for their entire lives. (Or, in Béla’s case, never remember, due to his concussion.) Yes, this summer of independence did land us with two…

2016-17 educational year capstone ‘zines: FINISHED AND AVAILABLE!

Uh, FINALLY. These were supposed to be LAST year’s end-of-year project guys!!! Never mind that. Two VERY interesting, VERY well-done zines — very independently made — and EACH with a QR code on the back that takes you to a SONG each of them wrote about their ‘zine topic!! AND — each ‘zine opens up…

ska 101

Could it only have been a month or so ago that I asked — and I thought I was asking hypothetically — “When are we gonna have a ska show?” I asked this at School of Rock Philadelphia, and I had asked the regional manager. And later that week, an e-mail with a list of…

making incense

We had a significant hiatus in our “making stuff with herbs” theme, and, from looking at their little herb garden the back yard, we had a bit of a hiatus from “checking on our plants to see how alive they are” as well. (Although both kids made me fresh mint tea last week, having seen…

indoor skydiving

To celebrate the eighth anniversary of the night we picked Béla up at the airport after his very long flight from Korea… he and some of his fave people went Indoor Skydiving.   Béla’s close friend (from his former school days), Max, and his family, came along. Max demurred, but Max’s dad ended up getting…

building baba yaga’s hut

Our homeschool “unit” on architecture was a little different than we thought it would be (at least for last year it was.) We had planned some construction on the house, and then unplanned it. Even this late in the summer, the “easier” job of playing musical chairs with the use of certain rooms (Béla and…

mighty writers

I hope we get more opportunities to do Mighty Writers. The South Philly space is beautiful and Claudia, who took a workshop called “Picture This Girl”, writing about photos from the National Archives, really enjoyed it. She and Béla had also signed up for another session that was smooshed into a very busy week and…