claudia takes the national mythology exam

I’m not even sure how we came to know this exam existed, but Tucker had taken it (and done very well) in high school — he had also taken the Latin and Ancient Greek exams (and I think had received perfect scores at some point). Wherever we found it, it was certainly within Claudia’s abilities…

the terra cotta warriors and the sky-bike

Today we went to see the Terra Cotta Warriors at the Franklin Institute with our friend Deanna. But you know how it is with terra cotta warriors (and augmented reality)… one of them got into the house before we’d even called an Uber. Ugh. Once at the exhibit, we were able to take them in…

day of the davids

We would have thought it was a bit less than a week ago that we got “back” to homeschooling (although the fact is, we did a LOT of learning over the holidays), but we didn’t get back to any sort of “routine” last week, due to extremes of weather — massive snow storms, ice, lots…

latin? check. fire safety? check .

Most people know we are the “Parade of Spirits” family (or, going back far enough, the “Krampuslauf Family”). Costuming, folklore, festal culture… soldering battery packs for LED lanterns… using big X-acto blades for cutting foam props… all part of our homeschooling experience. Claudia appeared this year as an amethyst geode — a costuming departure, to…

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…

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…

the second annual south philly highland games!

Last year our friends the Mundies began a tradition in our neighborhood, of summer Highland Games. We loved it and Tucker has been throwing cabers here and there all year (not actual cabers but things that might pass for one). Last Sunday, just like for the inaugural South Philly Highland Games, Ben made scotch eggs,…

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…

claudia’s special week of accomplishments

Last week, Claudia was presented with a Student Service Leadership Award from Cradles to Crayons, for her “Black Athena” project to raise money to purchase dolls of color for C2C. We were very proud of her. I enjoyed seeing that she was not, primarily, “happy to be getting an award” — she was listening really…

jang kiha and the faces — once in a lifetime

While lying in bed with a migraine last weekend, I stumbled across the info that Jang Kiha and the faces — an “indie” Korean band (NOT K-pop) that we have been listening to with the kids (and Tuck!) for years… WERE GOING TO BE IN PHILLY TONIGHT. It barely made any sense. I truly thought…

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…