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…

various (incomplete)

I know this kid who suddenly had a passionate desire to see the water bill be lower than it’s ever been. We talked to our neighbors and ours is, and has for years, been ridiculous compared to the friends around us. Béla’s very vested in this and he suggested that the fact that the third…

spring rolls (eventually)

We hear that the the groundhog did not see his shadow today and we will have an early spring. After a week of a household cold, and incredibly cold temperatures, it was nice to have an upturn for my birthday — which we began early last night just as an insurance policy, with a lot…

studying for the national mythology exam

“Persephone had to live in the Underworld for half the year and during that time Demeter stopped plants from growing but taught the farmers how to grow crops on their own.”   “The souls of the dead are lifeless creatures that live in Hades’ realm.”   “Hermes guided the souls of the dead down to…

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…

two years of homeschooling

The two-year anniversary of our homeschooling life fell on a Saturday, but not a Saturday with nothing to do. Kulu Mele’s “Journey” was happening as well as our own journey. See if you can find Claudia (whose brother stayed with her five extra hours of rehearsal time): When we got home, it was ordering in…