day 182: posting very late cuz whew

It is gonna take us a couple of months but being able to print out progress reports, see where they are coming up short, figuring out how to better utilize time — T4L is, I think, going to be a big help. Right now, it feels like a huge pain — figuring out what reports…

day 181: presenting the “pet sematary”

It should eclipse all other accomplishments or dearth of them today; Béla’s first pinewood derby car is finished and ready to go off to Da Vinci Art Alliance where it will compete next month. Big ups to Nello and Tuck for their help. Presenting the “Pet Sematary”. Since Thursday’s are generally recovery days, and since…

day 180: do not blow this, kid.

We are still getting used to the new core curriculum and its online components. It’s not second nature yet and you are better off for keeping up with your work — which can easily be completed in about two, three hours a day. (Claudia is a bit behind.) But there’s a worse scenario. I should…

day 179: exponents and accents

Claude had an Outschool class called “Learn to Talk With an English Accent”. If what I heard from the teacher was any indication she was doing quite well and she had a great time. And she did exponents in math and got 10/10 on her quiz. Treat of the day: caramel Tunnock’s by way of…

day 178 of quarantine. first day of sixth and seventh grade.

Normally, we start the day after Labor Day. But the U.K. doesn’t care about Labor Day and Claude’s first NON-BEGINNER half-term (yes, we have to switch between British and American school terminology now) began today. It’s a big step up. Homework. The text they are using is the series used at Oxford University, with the…

day 176 and 177: that’s it for “summer”

Knowing summers in Philly are numbered for us makes it easier, but frankly so did quarantine. So you can know more about the artist for whom Claude has done her first voice acting, why not try out this lesson with her? Claude was asked to choose a photo of herself for the film credits. She…

day 174: learn what you’re not supposed to

Our friend Rich, who has been Béla’s photography teacher for wow, just about two years, has started his own project-based learning center. (I knew I’d found the right site when it seemed he’d forgotten to put his own name anywhere on it.) He is the photographer who took the tabloid-perfect “school photos” for the kids’…

day 173: take three

Claudia had to do a third take on the animated voice-over project she got a chance to do, and this was more challenging. Between singing, bass and dance, she’s very familiar with being told “You’re doing great! Now change sixteen things about what you just did.” The greatest number of these experiences are with instructors…

day 172

Béla is getting into the woodwork. In more ways than one. Bwa ha ha. Since he completely gave up on thinking of a Halloween costume, having no way to picture what “Halloween” is this year, I eventually had a brilliant idea. So brilliant that Claudia even admitted it. Now THAT puzzle is solved. (Or made…

day 171

Derby car work for Béla, voice-over work for Claudia. We keep forgetting to try Claude’s Halloween wig on her! Today Béla got a package from Darius, a writing notebook and a copy of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. I owe Darius a letter or call at this point. He never goes more than…

day 170

The Roman Baths in England have a fun new interactive toy on their site. Ancient coin, who dis? There are a variety of coin styles to use and you can always change the pictures. As usual I enjoy finding Classical memes for Claude: And, we always, always love LeBron. It’s all still so much to…