philly ‘zine fest!

Up until yesterday the kids thought ‘zines were just fine — they knew what their own looked like, and they knew what a shelf-full at Fantom Comics in D.C. looked like. But yesterday was the Philly ‘Zine Fest, and boy did that change things! WHAT an avalanche of fun. The kids brought the printouts they…

2016-17 educational year capstone ‘zines: FINISHED AND AVAILABLE!

Uh, FINALLY. These were supposed to be LAST year’s end-of-year project guys!!! Never mind that. Two VERY interesting, VERY well-done zines — very independently made — and EACH with a QR code on the back that takes you to a SONG each of them wrote about their ‘zine topic!! AND — each ‘zine opens up…

mighty writers

I hope we get more opportunities to do Mighty Writers. The South Philly space is beautiful and Claudia, who took a workshop called “Picture This Girl”, writing about photos from the National Archives, really enjoyed it. She and Béla had also signed up for another session that was smooshed into a very busy week and…

working on end-of-year capstone projects

Since Tucker had a Senior Capstone Project (“There and Bleghhh! Again: Understanding the Molecular Basis of Taste Preferences and Predicting Bitterness Perception”) that he presented last month, my idea of assigning the kids an end of year “research paper” turned into “research paper in the form of a ‘zine” and then became the kids’ “capstone…

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…

ok, david byrne, we will forgive you this time.

They tried. But, no responses. Still, a kid’s first Reddit AMA is an important milestone. While they were waiting to see if they got a reply, a friend sent me an event listing on Facebook for something we had HOPED would happen (and which I thought was a lot more likely to happen once Jonathan…

contact staves and contemporary color

It took a little while to get all the materials set up, so Claude had to play with some veil poi in the meantime… But Tuck and I had gotten everything necessary to make some weighted, PVC, practice contact staves — for the whole family! The kids love contact staff videos and it does make…

personal narratives about our quick trip to england

With an extra photo or two. (Trying on hats in a department store in Oxford) She wanted to do so much more of the historical stuff in London than we had time for. Also, for clarity, what she learned about a lot of Black people in England was that they identified themselves by the places…

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…

when homeschoolers grow up to be rockers

One of my Facebook contacts is a guy named Hobey Ford. Since I’m a puppet person, it’s great to “know” Hobey, as he is a fantastic puppeteer. When we started homeschooling, he told me he and his wife had homeschooled their daughters as well and that was one more thing that made me feel I…

moss. phase two.

Well, let’s backtrack a bit to the end of Moss: Phase One which is known casually around the house as “killing all that moss”. Fastidiously, yes. But, still, just killing it. It took us a little while to get our second wind, mainly because the “reason” for wanting to study moss this closely was for…