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…

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…

#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…

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 Drag 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…

south silly cam episode 4

I’ve got some great posts coming up because we are doing some cool stuff, but this appeared online on Thanksgiving morning and we sacrificed a bit of the Macy’s Parade to put it on. Worth it! All three shoots our family worked on to be part of this episode were great and the kids definitely…

philly ‘zine fest!

Up until yesterday the kids thought ‘zines were just fine — they knew what their own looked like, and they knew what a shelf-full at Fantom Comics in D.C. looked like. But yesterday was the Philly ‘Zine Fest, and boy did that change things! WHAT an avalanche of fun. The kids brought the printouts they…

eclectic learning network homeschool art show in germantown

This is the shop where we often hang out while the kids are at the TED-Ed club sponsored by ELN, which we love. And hey, look, we got to see Ed Feldman! While the kids did not create any brand new work for this show, Claudia showed her “Black Athena” print (homeschool podcaster and speaker…