summer’s final exam (part one)

This has been Claude and Béla’s most independent summer ever, and I’m not second guessing when I say it has had moments in it that I am sure they will remember for their entire lives. (Or, in Béla’s case, never remember, due to his concussion.) Yes, this summer of independence did land us with two…

notes at a lecture; a musical lemonade stand

While it has not worked that well in the past — and therefore has not happened as often as we had planned (although it had been an integral part of me agreeing to homeschool…) the kids went to Indy Hall, Ben’s co-working space, today. I had them fully armed with a LOT of curriculum stuff…

is it homeschooling?

Is it homeschooling when you find a fifty-dollar bill on the street? Yup. If you were out on your own with your brother, checking to see if anyone was home at your friends’ place, and then headed to the playground (three independent street-crossings). Is it homeschooling when you create a new industrial design for your…

there is a field.

Beyond the ideas of right and wrong, there is a field. I will meet you there. — Rumi Beyond common sense there is irrational screaming about a hole in one’s leggings when stuck at the top of the fence. I will walk away from you there. — Me Actually, we have been using a written…

the first homeschool birthday, and the annual martenitsi-making

I had wondered about this from the beginning. I knew Claudia’s birthday would be first-up after we started homeschooling. (Béla’s had been during the first week of school; in fact, Béla started kindergarten ON his sixth birthday.) And I worried: it was still going to be just a weekday, when Ben was working and Tucker…

social media

Our kids are growing up in a house full of introvert and autistic adults. Social media, and “being” online, isn’t this “waste of time, get out and get some sunshine” bad thing that many people make it out to be. Not here. We’ve made good friends, friends we’ve had for many, many years, online. We…

different things for different kids at different times

That has been our mantra for years… it doesn’t always work. Sometimes it does. Tonight was Claudia’s first Girl Scout troop meeting was tonight. She had a great time! (A mom there sent me this photo:) We don’t know if this scout group will go co-ed, like many do these days. But tonight, anyway, Béla…

parade of spirits, liberty lands, 2016

This event is such an important part of our lives, and the older the kids get, the more they are able to contribute to it. Béla in particular was very active in designing his costume this year. it was a Bender-from-“Futurama”, GWAR, samurai kinda Krampus thing. (Photo by Neil Kohl.) Béla was also instrumental in…

béladict claudiabatch

I have nothing to say, really. I taught Béla to do a certain type of logic puzzle that I have always loved yesterday, and he helped teach it to Claudia today. They did another of these puzzles immediately after, and Claude did very well, although this is one of those things — some critical thinking,…

can you buy three dinners for sixty dollars?

My guess is we will be doing this particular lesson once or twice a week. I’m sure they will soon begin to see the difference in how far over we go at Acme vs. Whole Foods vs. Trader Joe’s. But we started with Acme. They knew our goal was to stay as close to sixty…