protest banner workshop at asian arts initiative!

This is a post best told in pictures, mostly. In support of his “38 States” project, to work towards international adoptees being able to run for the office of President of the United States, Béla took a workshop in Protest Banner Making with Aram Han Sifuentes at the Asian Arts Initiative. There were some inspiring…

fashion machine

Thanks to a friend, the kids got to participate in a two-week rush of preparation and performance in this year’s Philadelphia Fringe Festival! FASHION MACHINE was a production created by Canada’s Theatre SKAM and in it, audience members could volunteer to be undressed, and lounge about in robes while kids in teams of two and…

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,…

first week of homeschool year 2017-18!

It could have started off on the wrong foot entirely. Having had a medication reaction and in the midst of a rather extended period of pain-induced insomnia (I woke up on Sunday morning and did not sleep again until Tuesday night), being chipper and ready to start learning on Tuesday morning did not seem a…

sewing camp at butcher’s sew shop!

For their last week of summer day camps, the kids went to sewing camp at Butcher’s Sew Shop. They had gone for a week last year and loved it, and really showed even more skill building this year! They were happy to see the VERY talented Olan (last year they thought his name was “Owling”,…

infinity mirrors

We had tried to get day-of tickets for Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrors” retrospective when we were in DC in February, to take Claudia to the Museum of African-American History and Culture for her birthday. But they were gone in seconds of the doors opening. Calling and checking in the following months was also fruitless. Ben…

first gauge swatches; first sweaters for friends.

Because every stuffed friend needs an acrylic knit muscle shirt for the Philadelphia summer. While Claudia has completed a small blanket in the past, she’d also spent two years working in the round on something that might have been a “skirt” or might not have been… anyway, we decided it was time to get down…

also, earlier this week…

New comic books — about the chupacabra and La Borinqueña. Well-received. That watch that showed up from my dad’s house and has been beeping intermittently for months? We took care of that, with some goggles and a hammer. Some pals came by and played Clue, in the dark, by candlelight, with a simulated thunderstorm on…

a tarot reading, a dissertation, a hijab, a swordfight

I was given my first Tarot reading by my own kid. And both kids participated in interviews about the homeschooling experiences of African-American children (and knocked it out of the park. And got to sign releases!)… Claudia also received her purchased doll hijabs from Hello Hijab, but succumbed instantly to the need to have them…

ode to DIY.org

A place to make creative goals,to learn new things, to admire what other kids are doing — a carefully moderated, kind, online space for young users making their first internet friendships. That is what DIY.org is and we are so lucky to have found it. When Claudia groaned about having to do solfege exercises for…

five mysterious puppets

There’s very little for me to say here, other than that, after a month, we got out the incomplete “Lion in Winter” puppets, took a census, and made a to-do list. We have a puppetry challenge on DIY.org for a shadow puppet performance, and i THINK I’ve thought of a scene we might use for…

knitting is good

Claudia has been doing hand-over-hand knitting with me since she was tiny, and while she has only completed one project (a blanket for her special stuffed friend Hoogah), and has been working the same stockinette round for over two years now — she’s not a bad knitter. She can pick it up on her own…