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…

homeschooling anniversary

I didn’t get to this post until after midnight — for obvious reasons — but our homeschooling anniversary is December FIRST, and here is what the kids spent it doing: Decorating Indy Hall for the holidays… Making God’s Eyes for Parade of Spirits, Liberty Lands with Lux Arati… Maybe a LITTLE nervous about doing the…

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…

thank you for sending me an angel

So the kids got their first ‘zines, which were supposed to be their end-of-year project in June, finished in… August? But that’s fine. I had given them two summer Final Exams. One, they actually got done in the summer — it was walking to Acme with their friends, without adults. That was an adventure and…

halloween whirlwind: more scares

I didn’t get in as much as the actual “storytelling” element of Halloween that I wanted to this season. They watched more “scary” movies than they ever have before (Claude in particular, who saw “Poltergeist” and “Sleepy Hollow”). We all enjoyed the old Disney live-action “The Watcher in the Woods” and while it’s only mildly…

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…

more halloween prep (with uncle al)

Although he made it look like a much more foreboding experience than it actually was, Béla and Claudia went to Termini’s bakery for the infamous “dead bones” cookies. Of which I doubt they ate more than one. Claudia’s YouTube makeup tutorial searches landed us with a formidable shopping list, but we amended it to be…

octavius catto

A few weekends ago we drove past City Hall and saw that a statue was hanging in the air from it’s armpits. Big spikes protruded from the base, ready to help anchor the piece permanently. We came home and searched around online to figure out who this statue represented — it was certainly a black…

tokusatsu tuesday: origin stories

One of our favorite venues in Philadelphia is PhilaMOCA. Our experiences there have always been special. The kids shot a dance club scene for a local punk band’s video there (throwing cakes at each other, and Claudia being doused from a ladder with a bucket of fake blood). They took part in the filming of…

first week of homeschool year 2017-18!

It could have started off on the wrong foot entirely. Having had a medication reaction and in the midst of a rather extended period of pain-induced insomnia (I woke up on Sunday morning and did not sleep again until Tuesday night), being chipper and ready to start learning on Tuesday morning did not seem a…