the sketchbook project

Look what Claudia and Béla got for Christmas (in addition to months’ worth of books, a week of summer camp at “The Business of Doing Good”, requisite toys and candy cigarettes, fidgets and other treats): The Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project registry date has come and gone, but the kids got sketchbooks, registered — and…

io, saturnalia!

Like the one-hit wonder band of my early teen years, here’s a little Roman holiday for you. At the root of all midwinter revelry is Saturnalia — an opportunity to learn some Roman culture, a little astronomy, a chance to make a big Saturnian lantern, and to make some delicious — REALLY delicious — honey-sweetened…

philly zine fest 2018!

Our second year at Philly Zine Fest and it was the same frenetic, friendly, not-enough-hands, good time as last November. Except this year, people recognized the kids! This year Claudia had two zines to give out (one which she had planned to have finished last year, honoring Delia Derbyshire), and she also had the first…

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…

the flail report (box battles and more)

With some other homeschoolers we hang with in South Philly, a bunch of kids had gotten very deep (at least for a few weeks) into the idea of “Box Wars” — very hardcore, everything ONLY cardboard and tape. (The house behind the mail truck is the house Tuck lived in at the time we met…

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…