leveling up

Goal: Be able to walk together to and from jiujitsu without adult accompaniment. The distance is no issue. The only hurdle is Broad St. They are crossing it together, with an adult just watching from the other side (both ways). Once they are safely and confidently crossing four lane streets like Broad and Washington, they…

music and choreography

well, C. and B. made these really cool lyres at camp this week. Claudia tends to put a totemic all-seeing brown eye into many of her projects. Often it has a freckle in it, as does one of her own eyes. Béla chose to string his instrument a little differently, and he’s missing a bridge….

marble

We lost both a dog and a cat this past year. Béla insisted on being present for the euthanization of our cat Hillel; “I felt like I couldn’t not be there.” These were two of the four pets we had when both kids came home for the first time. Within a few months, we had…

rock of exhaustion

Hoo boy. Last week the kids abandoned the local rec center camp they had been attending (where they were swimming a few hours a day in the public pool — and loving it) for a songwriting camp at SoR. I was worried we were going to get some serious backlash. Both kids had asked for…

4th of july photography lesson: exposure

Since Rich was out shooting the Independence Day Parade, he stopped over for a few hours and worked with Béla on exposure — in hopes of him getting some more interesting sparkler photos tonight. Tucker cleared some practice space in the basement. We were very careful. He was definitely getting the idea. They used a…

spreadsheet secrets

July 1 is when the District allows homeschoolers to start counting educational hours. It’s been nice to not have to leap to the spreadsheet every time they read a book or sing “Orange Crush” or pick up their spelling workbook… but tomorrow, I shall start. (Camp counts, believe me.) This weekend they went to a…

“this is the best week ever” (part one)

It really has been especially nice. Both kids keep commenting on how relaxed they feel. Béla has been knitting a lot. Claudia has been spending a lot of time doing dramatic play (I’m so glad she is not perceiving herself as “too old” for this) and they have been spending time with friends. They’ve also…