sacred geometry and tape-and-foil doll clothing

She started last night with just back-to-back tape. I didn’t want to tell her her apron looked like a butcher’s apron but then Tucker told her immediately. GRL is written across Nakia’s new top. “That’s how people write it now,” she told me. “They can’t be bothered to write out the whole word.” She went…

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…

reedy jawns

Usually called “St. Brigid’s Crosses” for those who honor her — and something I’ve made for years, and for which I’ve even written a tutorial before, for a children’s craft column, in 2012. I remember making them last year in the last hours of my birthday, using colored zipties — also a fun way to…

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…

twelve points

Last Christmas, we did a lot of geometry-related crafts. This year, we are just kinda late with our crafting and not as much of is is geometric. But I did love this one — with a template showing the kids where to evenly place each of the twelve points (they could have used two points,…

a year ago tonight

Was the last night of my life as a parent whose kids went to school. They came home on the afternoon of November 30th and Claudia asked me, “Can I say ‘damn’?” I said she could. “I’m never going back to that damned place,” she said. And Béla nodded. So that was it. Whatever I…

“a mirror maze: numbers in nature” at the franklin

An exhibit that Mom here would not be able to handle. I don’t do mirror mazes. We’ll let the experience speak for itself, although Ben says that the exhibit’s definition of the Golden Ratio was somewhat wonky. Seems like they had a good time. Glad it was good for them, because I can barely watch…

weapons, to scale

“Longer than that”. She could describe it, but she had run out of room to draw it… and thus a lesson was born. I read a whole article today about a school that does EVERYTHING through live action role play (LARP). My kids love their larping group, Epic Adventurez, and one of their teachers there,…

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…