school pictures 2017-18 (and a little summer)

Last year, it being our first homeschooling year, we did a big shoot with a location, an infamous drag queen, and a well-known photographer (although both those folks were also friends.) That photo session was even made into a small book! This year has been a much more contemplative year, with some serious family issues,…

Periodic Table Manners, or the Outcome of Mendeleev’s Madness

When we set out with the Mendeleev’s Madness project, our intent was to generate some breadth of knowledge about the elements of the periodic table, and a greater depth of knowledge about some of those elements. Largely that breadth was covered in the first round, where they relied on Theodore Grey’s Elements along with a few…

first performance with omo kulu mele

We have been taking the kids to see Kulu Mele since they were babies and it has certainly always been in the back of my head that Claudia could join the youth troop, Omo Kulu Mele, someday. This photo was taken at the Please Touch Museum in 2010. Claude was two. She got up on…

rocky!

OK not our most academic post ever, but I had read last night on Facebook that they were moving some of the cars in our neighborhood to clear the way for the filming of “Creed II”. My guess was they were using the Victor Café, which becomes “Adrian’s” in the Rocky saga, and I had…

it’s all the rage in japan. it’s…

  Aluminum foil balls. Perhaps you’ve seen the video tutorials. Well, we’ve got a few balls going, in various stages, so we’re happy to share with you what we’ve learned so far. (Because I have no doubt that we will take this to the next level; being a family who make masks with foil quite…

NIGRUM NOCTUA: THE HONEY OF DEATH

  On the very VERY first day of “back to homeschool” in September of 2017, I told the kids that one of our MAJOR goals was to attend PhilaMOCA’s “Tokusatsu Tuesday” program every month, and to begin filming our own episodic toku program. Even if we only got one done! “Even if we only got…

“HOW DARE YOU!” — A MUSIC VIDEO

On a bright Saturday morning — quite a bit earlier than we usually like to be up — our friend Steven met us at the River Walk for some of HIS kind of fun. Oh, we have long enjoyed Steven’s fun on Facebook and YouTube… but the kids have not gotten to participate… until now….

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…

a beautiful friday outdoors

And my first sunburn (the peeling kind) in decades. First, breakfast at The Dutch. Béla put Cholula all over his Dutch Baby. Then we went to the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum. I had expected we’d just spend an hour or two there — had packed sketchbooks and whatnot. Someone from the grounds…

enjoying the blue yeti microphone

Why even bother with my commentary? And my apologies for the repeated photo — it’s all I could really think of to give Soundcloud when I uploaded those files. Here are B. and C., making an “audiobook”:   And then, the beginning of “podcasting”:   The VERY sudden appearance of Mrs. Motherpuffs is one of…

looping workshop with girls rock philly

Without question we love our School of Rock Philly. But it is always fun to try out another program in town. and Girls Rock Philly has some great workshops — really different things than SoR does. We saw they were doing a looping pedal workshop, and, well, I was hesitant — the kids had gotten…

a lot of things happened easter weekend

The night before Easter, we went to the premiere of the documentary “The Sigma Kids” and learned a lot about the making of David Bowie’s “Young Americans” album, which was recorded here in Philadelphia. And the kids met guitarist Carlos Alomar — who is certainly the best thing about “The Sigma Kids”. They also sat…