béla the photographer

Béla got a camera for his tenth birthday — a nice camera. A Canon Rebel DSLR. He has been having a good old time with it. He also had his first photography lesson, with Rich! And this is the portrait of Rich that came of it.   Here is a portrait of Claudia, who had…

le super grand continental

Another year, another Fringe Festival season. This year, the kids participated in Sylvain Émard‘s Le Super Grand Continental, a half-hour choreographed dance number with a very large cast. There were lots of rehearsals. Lots.   There were three performances, on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Two took place in the day, and…

no more writing on elephants though!

This happened a bit before “school” really “started”, but was still worthy of their first real journal entry of the year. The African-American Museum of Philadelphia hosted a showing of the documentary “Wall Writers: Graffiti In Its Innocence” with special guest, graffiti legend Cornbread. I had heard stories about Cornbread my whole life from my…

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,…

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…

comic book drawing club

Some homeschooled girls we know started a comic-drawing club that meets once a week at Amalgam Comics. We often go far too long WITHOUT getting to Amalgam, so this is a great opportunity to get up and out of the house on Tuesday mornings — and has been great for the kids. Béla is working…

tokusatsu helmets: a long and winding road to nowhere (for now.)

We made it through all of 2017 without missing a single Tokusatsu Tuesday at PhilaMOCA. And while the kids had continued to talk about filming their episodic tokusatsu-style drama, it was continually waylayed. They wrote origin stories, but then changed their minds about them. There was lots of costume designing on paper, and friends who…

valentines, grey belts, and lupercalia cake

Oh, the whirlwind of the completely unconnected!!! First, Valentine’s Day. We don’t make much of it, but, why, Mom, why. As you can hear, Béla was a bit under the weather. This love-filled treat did not help. He was happier with the David Byrne valentine card he had snagged for himself — he and Claudia…

first (and second) online class!

In the span of eight days we did two, one-off, one-hour classes using Outschool, and we are signed up for a three-session class on the Periodic Table. So far, I can’t recommend the experience highly enough. The first class was a math/art class in creating “impossible shapes”, such as Penrose triangles, and tesselations. Declan had…

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…