reedy jawns

Usually called “St. Brigid’s Crosses” for those who honor her — and something I’ve made for years, and for which I’ve even written a tutorial before, for a children’s craft column, in 2012. I remember making them last year in the last hours of my birthday, using colored zipties — also a fun way to…

fashion machine

Thanks to a friend, the kids got to participate in a two-week rush of preparation and performance in this year’s Philadelphia Fringe Festival! FASHION MACHINE was a production created by Canada’s Theatre SKAM and in it, audience members could volunteer to be undressed, and lounge about in robes while kids in teams of two and…

the terra cotta warriors and the sky-bike

Today we went to see the Terra Cotta Warriors at the Franklin Institute with our friend Deanna. But you know how it is with terra cotta warriors (and augmented reality)… one of them got into the house before we’d even called an Uber. Ugh. Once at the exhibit, we were able to take them in…

art that can’t be ignored

I don’t have much to say about these pieces except that I’m so proud of them. Claudia had been working with a gift Ben had gotten her for Christmas — a notebook with templates in it for “How To Draw Superheroes” — and while they had some stencils in them, when we looked harder at…

Nobles, Royals, Hot air & Salt: Elemental Exposé

Chemistry is the central science – the manifestation of the laws of physics, and the field from which all life develops. It is the heart of everything we can experience, and how we encode experiences. And so, it is where my heart goes into science. Last year we spent time working with the rock tumbler…

a rainy friday of snakes

Thanks to this inspiring and energizing video by Vi Hart, I spent — eh — a little under thirty dollars? — and bought four dozen plastic articulated snakes. Oh, these will get use more than once — with a number of friends, I have no doubt. But our particularly weather-intrepid friends A and Z came…

scratching

The kids got a few really interesting Christmas gifts, including a Blue Yeti USB vocal mike (which we think will be used for podcasting/audio book-making), and a portable DJ scratching deck. They also got a complimentary lesson at Scratch DJ Academy, which they cashed in on today, and loved. Who knows where it will lead?…

day of the davids

We would have thought it was a bit less than a week ago that we got “back” to homeschooling (although the fact is, we did a LOT of learning over the holidays), but we didn’t get back to any sort of “routine” last week, due to extremes of weather — massive snow storms, ice, lots…