summer camps: japan, ancient greece and ancient rome

This summer, Claude and Béla had two non-consecutive weeks at Shofuso, the Japanese house in Fairmount Park, where they had gone for a week last summer as well; they also had a week at the Penn Museum for an Ancient Greece- and Rome-themed daycamp. They were happy to return to Shofuso, where we discovered that…

secret synth night!

Well, it only took half a year or so, but we got ourselves to Secret Synth Night. They’re going to have to be a lot quieter in there if they want to keep it a secret, but I don’t think they really do. It is an all-ages, all-abilities meetup of folks interested in electronic music….

school of rock summer festival

Without a doubt, the best show either of the kids have ever done. The Bowie tribute two summers ago had previously been their high point — I mean, performing under a (working) wooden roller coaster — and their outfits had been SO on point, including handmade items and fantastic makeup. This show, the outfits were…

our library has an automatic short story dispenser

It also has a HUGE Wharton Esherick carving, which I have always loved — and it’s a really good library. But today, we noticed the short story dispenser. I was excited enough to post before I got the full story on what’s actually IN there — somebody came home with “Jabberwocky”, and each of them…

béla’s video on the makey makey basic

Makey Makey lets you make a closed circuit that your keyboard believes is just another key — even though it’s an alligator clip enclosing any object that has even a little bit of electricity in it — could be a banana, or tater tot. Béla learned to use the basics of this system on his…

school pictures 2017-18 (and a little summer)

Last year, it being our first homeschooling year, we did a big shoot with a location, an infamous drag queen, and a well-known photographer (although both those folks were also friends.) That photo session was even made into a small book! This year has been a much more contemplative year, with some serious family issues,…

first performance with omo kulu mele

We have been taking the kids to see Kulu Mele since they were babies and it has certainly always been in the back of my head that Claudia could join the youth troop, Omo Kulu Mele, someday. This photo was taken at the Please Touch Museum in 2010. Claude was two. She got up on…

rocky!

OK not our most academic post ever, but I had read last night on Facebook that they were moving some of the cars in our neighborhood to clear the way for the filming of “Creed II”. My guess was they were using the Victor Café, which becomes “Adrian’s” in the Rocky saga, and I had…

it’s all the rage in japan. it’s…

  Aluminum foil balls. Perhaps you’ve seen the video tutorials. Well, we’ve got a few balls going, in various stages, so we’re happy to share with you what we’ve learned so far. (Because I have no doubt that we will take this to the next level; being a family who make masks with foil quite…

NIGRUM NOCTUA: THE HONEY OF DEATH

  On the very VERY first day of “back to homeschool” in September of 2017, I told the kids that one of our MAJOR goals was to attend PhilaMOCA’s “Tokusatsu Tuesday” program every month, and to begin filming our own episodic toku program. Even if we only got one done! “Even if we only got…

“HOW DARE YOU!” — A MUSIC VIDEO

On a bright Saturday morning — quite a bit earlier than we usually like to be up — our friend Steven met us at the River Walk for some of HIS kind of fun. Oh, we have long enjoyed Steven’s fun on Facebook and YouTube… but the kids have not gotten to participate… until now….