#TheDarkIsReading

Claudia read “The Dark is Rising” sequence earlier this year — sometime since the Summer — and loved it. I had not realized the second book, The Dark Is Rising, takes place at Christmastime (starting on December 20th). Twitter took a hold of it, and a worldwide readalong was planned. It’s a much-loved book. One…

did you know you could make Ph indicator strips with poinsettias?

As they often say, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” But what the heck. It was fun, not too smelly, and did, to some degree, work. Seems to me it might be more practical to buy commercial test strips but, if you’ve got a poinsettia and NOT a desperate need to know the…

twelve points

Last Christmas, we did a lot of geometry-related crafts. This year, we are just kinda late with our crafting and not as much of is is geometric. But I did love this one — with a template showing the kids where to evenly place each of the twelve points (they could have used two points,…

latin? check. fire safety? check .

Most people know we are the “Parade of Spirits” family (or, going back far enough, the “Krampuslauf Family”). Costuming, folklore, festal culture… soldering battery packs for LED lanterns… using big X-acto blades for cutting foam props… all part of our homeschooling experience. Claudia appeared this year as an amethyst geode — a costuming departure, to…

school is a drag

looking for an unusual and irreverent holiday gift?   School is a DragĀ is the photo essay book produced by Rich Wexler of New Castro Photo. it contains the entire shoot from the kids’ 2016-17 “homeschool portrait” session, as well as their sketches, and text from them, and me, about why we chose to participate in…

RITUAL

Months and months ago, we saw this call for single-sheet zines on the topic of “ritual”. The solicitation included a pattern for folding a single-sheet zine and this is, actually, what we used for the kids first zines — the “Six Simple Machines of Physics” and “Do Crystals Have Minds?” zines. But I really wanted…