Improv Baking


As a longtime recipe-follower, I love watching my kids invent cakes and cupcakes. I’ve been baking with them since they were little, so they have an idea of the ingredients in a baked good: flour, sugar, eggs, and so on. They experiment, adding milk or leaving out oil, using almond flour or mixing in strawberries. We have color-coded measuring cups and measuring spoons, and Daphne (age 7) likes me to record her recipes. Netta (age 5 tomorrow!) bakes with a splash of this and a dash of that. They’re almost always happy to eat the results of their improvisations.


Today is Daphne’s seventh birthday. Hurray! Her sensitivity, humor and curiosity fill my heart every day.

This past year was really hard for Daphne, but our family pulled together in a way that makes me feel optimistic.

One of the happiest changes, since we began homeschooling, is what Daphne says to me when I tuck her in and kiss her goodnight, a mantra of sorts: “Mama, I’m so sad today is over, and I’m excited for tomorrow.” Read more

Repeat Repeat

About a month ago, we started listening to the NPR podcast Wow in the World. It’s made car and train rides a lot more fun. (I came across it on this excellent list of podcasts for kids.) The kids dance to the theme song and laugh hard when Mindy eats too much chocolate. I’ve been surprised by scientific observations they mention in passing days later. Read more


We’re lucky to be (accidentally) living in an area with an active community of homeschoolers. Seining at the Jersey Shore was our first group homeschooling outing.

I’ve been thinking about seining as a metaphor for collecting all the small bits of interest and beauty through the day.



As time passes and Rosh Hashanah brings around new year, I’ve been thinking about time.

The best aspect of homeschooling, so far, has been slowing down time. There is time to sleep. Time to play. Time to eat slowly. Time to stop and take a look. Time for one more time. In her Exploring Unschooling podcast, Pam Laricchia says one of the greatest gifts of unschooling is time. That rings true to me. Read more