climate change school walk-out

We “walked out” in the sense that Meg came by in a Lyft and we got in. Up at Dilworth Plaza, we ran into two School of Rock kids, and a kid they knew from LARPing/Fringe Festival, so B and C were convinced they were at a legitimate happening. They had watched Greta Thunberg’s TED…

claudia’s pre-birthday mythic creatures anti-party

This is (will be!) Claudia’s third homeschooling birthday, on the 28th. But the opening for the “Mythic Creatures” exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences was this weekend — and so she took some friends. We took the subway up. Prior to going into Mythic Creatures, we attended the live animal auditorium show, where Claude…

Periodic Table Manners, or the Outcome of Mendeleev’s Madness

When we set out with the Mendeleev’s Madness project, our intent was to generate some breadth of knowledge about the elements of the periodic table, and a greater depth of knowledge about some of those elements. Largely that breadth was covered in the first round, where they relied on Theodore Grey’s Elements along with a few…

a beautiful friday outdoors

And my first sunburn (the peeling kind) in decades. First, breakfast at The Dutch. Béla put Cholula all over his Dutch Baby. Then we went to the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum. I had expected we’d just spend an hour or two there — had packed sketchbooks and whatnot. Someone from the grounds…

did you know you could make Ph indicator strips with poinsettias?

As they often say, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” But what the heck. It was fun, not too smelly, and did, to some degree, work. Seems to me it might be more practical to buy commercial test strips but, if you’ve got a poinsettia and NOT a desperate need to know the…

monsters, myths, and heroes of japan — a week at shofusu japanese house

Last week, Claudia and Béla spent their days cleaning the traditional Japanese house in Fairmount Park, feeding koi and turtles, and learning about (and obsessing about) yokai. We are sure they did other things too but this was the general takeaway.   Tucker and I made an attempt to terrify the children by creating yokai…

“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…

just a claudia morning

I brushed my teeth to the sound of her singing “Happy Birthday”, and saw that she had set up this party for “Frank”, her gargoyle that she won at the zombie ice skate last winter. They are having tea and apple cake. When she looked out the front door and saw that they were cutting…