This blog currently serves as a journal of what one particular community member, Uriel Fury, has been doing. The journal is updated infrequently. This journal is for friends, family, community members to know what we've been up to at a glance. It might also help us when it comes time for portfolio evaluations.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

October 17th - December 11th, 2011

Lots of cool things happened, we assure you! However, we just never got around to writing it down or taking too many pictures. We've been too busy lately. Look for a return to bi-weekly update posts in the very near future - we promise!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

October 3rd - October 16th, 2011

Watch
Let's Play videos
Rounding Numbers - BrainPOP
Money - BrainPOP
Sgt. Frog
Pucca
Beatles - BrainPOP
Adventure Time
Carbon Dating - BrainPOP

Play
Little Big Planet 2 - PS3 (w/ M & W)
WarioWare D.I.Y. - 3DS
Farkle - iPad (w/ M)

Read/Research
"Poon Trees" (Calophyllum)
MadLibs
Diary of a Wimpy Kid #2 Rodrick Rules
Diary of a Wimpy Kid #3 The Last Straw

Discuss
How ball point pens work
Hyperthermia
Occupy Wall Street (OWS)
Occupy Pittsburgh (OccupyPgh)
1% vs. 99%
Racial inequality in social movements like OccupyPgh & the world in general
Fashion

Looking Like Awesome

Write
MadLibs
Newspaper
Story

Listen
Voice recordings

Create
Voice recordings
MadLibs w/ W
Newspaper w/ W
Buttered Toast
Little Big Planet 2 level design
WarioWare D.I.Y. microgames
Illustrated story (marker on paper)

Go/Community
Burger King
Starbucks
Burgatory
Barnes & Noble Bookstore
Java House
Trader Joe's
East End Food Co-op

Health/PE/Safety
Helped in kitchen
Helped with grocery list
Made buttered toast
Ate a radish!
Talked about hyperthermia

Other
Explored some optical mind/brain benders

Does your brain hurt?

Sunday, October 2, 2011

September 19th - October 2nd, 2011

Watch
Spy Kids - movie
Wizards of Waxerly Place
Sgt. Frog
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide
New Electric Company
iCarly
Beakman's World
Let's Play videos

Play
Little Big Planet 2 - PS3 (w/ W)
Quoridor - board game (w/ W & M)
Various online flash games

Read/Research
Ranger Rick Magazine
ASK! Magazine

Discuss
Apple sauce, apple juice, cider & hard cider

Write
'Crime Report'

Listen
Joker by Steve Miller Band
Various music - Pandora Radio
Ambient music - Pandora Radio
History of Lyrics That Aren't Lyrics (watch this, it's good!)

Create
Little Big Planet 2 level designs
A fake crime report & weather report (complete w/ recorded sound effects)
Noodle Bowl Soup

Go/Community
Oh Yeah! Ice Cream & Waffle Shoppe
D's Six Pax & Dogz
Visited w/ neighbor Amelia

Health/PE/Safety
Playing in the rain
Helped make grocery list

Other
Rearranged media center in front room

Sunday, September 18, 2011

September 5th - September 18th, 2011

Watch
Dude, What Would Happen?
Let's Play videos - Minecraft
Adventure Time
Drake and Josh
Pucca
The New Adventures of Nanoboy
Homestar Runner
iCarly
Cyberchase
The New Electric Company
Wizards of Waverly Place
Futurama

Play
Pencil Kids Games - online
Farkle w/ M - iPad
Scrabble w/ M (beat M) - iPad
Electric Box 2 - online
Nitrome.com games - online
Various online flash games
Lego Pirates of The Caribean - 3DS
Lego
Homemade Board Games
Cooking Mama - 3DS
Civiballs - online
Powder Game - online
Scribblenaughts - 3DS
WarioWare D.I.Y. - 3DS
Candy Land
States & Capitals Puzzle
Blocks & Ball Run


Read/Research
Lego Catalog
3 Laws of Robotics
Newspaper
GameInformer Magazine

Discuss
Realities of our family food budget
Pricing strategies for E's business
W explained to E the circuitry of a contact microphone power supply/amp
Why the 1st letters of most words in a show/episode title are capitalized
Flooding in Pennsylvania
Why cacti have thorns
Difference between succulents & cacti
How to get water from a cactus in the desert
How many teeth do humans have?

Write
Calendar of availability for business
Random little notes
Various pages in an activity book

Listen
Field recordings from contact mic
Music - radio

Create
A business - Elijah's Hugs (selling hugs)
Stick Man
Field recordings w/ contact mic
Board Games
Ball Runs

Go/Community
Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant
Ross Park Mall - buying shoes for bday
CSA pick up
Ran various errands w/ M & W
Gyres visited - 2.5hrs
Starbucks
Claddagh
Southside Works Fountain

Health/PE/Safety
Discussed protenous foods & food tastes changing
Dancing
Stretching
Helped make grocery list
Discussed Bento packing


Other
Elijah turned 8 years old Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011

August 22nd - September 4th, 2011

No conference is complete without donuts

Watch
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide
iCarly
Northeast Unschooling Conference (NEUC) Talent Show
Space Balls the animated series
Let's Play videos
New Vi Hart

Play
Little Big Planet 2 - PS3
WarioWare D.I.Y. - 3DS
Battleship
Cars - PS3
Various flash games - online
Hambo - online
Papa's Pizzaria - online
Snail Bob 2 - online
Splitter Pals - online
Papa's Freezeria - online

Read/Research
Conference schedule
The Best of Archie Comics
Diary of a Whimpy Kid, book 1
Spy vs. Spy
Archie Comics Halloween
ASK Magazine
Lego Anatomy

Friday's (day 2 of NEUC) schedule

Discuss
Hurricane safety, what is a hurricane & how are they different than typhoons & tornadoes
Difference between a lake & a pond

Tribute to Hurricane Irene who visited us as a tropical storm @ NEUC

Write
IOU

Listen
Welcome speech at NEUC
'On Point': Whales Have Developed a Religion - NPR (radio)
Music on the radio

Create
Play dough sculptures
Duct tape flowers
Obstacle course
Drew pictures of 'cities'

Go/Community
Northeast Unschooling Conference (NEUC) - August 25th - August 29th
Sheridan Colonial Hotel & Conference Center (Wakefield, MA)
NEUC Picnic - August 29th
Wakefield, MA - August 24th - August 30th
Salem Willows (Salem, MA)
Salem, MA - August 29th
Dunkin' Donuts (Wakefield, MA)
Subway (Wakefield, MA)
Sushi Island (Wakefield, MA)
Omelette Headquarters (Wakefield, MA)
George Washington Bridge (New York, NY)
The Pop Shop (Collingswood, NJ)
The Crowne Plaza (Cherry Hill, NJ)
Burger King
Java House (2.5hrs)

NEUC Picnic

Health/PE/Safety
Dancing
Discussed hurricane safety (Hurricane Irene)
Experimentation with recipes:
Special Smoothie juice - vanilla soy milk, mango madness smoothie & cranberry harvest juice
Edible Matches - carrot sticks dipped in ketchup

Sunday, August 21, 2011

August 8th - August 21st, 2011

Watch
Time lapsed Minecraft videos
Let's Play videos
New Vi Hart
Mirrormask - movie
Powerpuff Girls
Homestar Runner
Adventure Time
Spy vs. Spy
Johnny Test
iCarly
Wizards of Waverly Place

Play
Little Big Planet 2 - PS3
Nameits
Pictionary
Papa's Burgeria - online
Made up maths game w/ dice (adding & subtracting)
Playmobile Knights - 3DS

Read/Research
Ranger Rick magazine
Katydids here & here
Google Translate - Chinese, Turkish & Czech

E w/ katydid


Discuss
Calendars & number of days in a month
Anger & what to do about it
Commenting in online forums
The difference between muffins, English muffins & crumpets

Write
Brain teasers

Create
Maths game w/ dice
Designed levels for LBP2
Graffiti Can - iPad
Scratch Programming
Voice recordings & remixing
Miis - 3DS
Puppets & a puppet show
Water molecule (paper & craft sticks)

Robot dinosaur gets defeated by bomb-toting superhero


Listen
Radio
Katydid chirping here & here

Katydid


Go/Community
Priory Pastries
Java House (total of 6hrs)
Picked up CSA
Panera
Burger King
Visited w/ Gyres & Sarah & kids at Java House
Backstage Bar

Health/PE/Safety
Helped make grocery list
Discussed exercise & sleep
Danced

Other
Online art gallery submission

Sunday, August 7, 2011

July 25th - August 7th, 2011

Watch
Homestar Runner
Synesthesia video
Let's Play videos
Cartoon Network
Powerpuff Girls
The Fairly Odd Parents
Adventure Time
Dude What Would Happen?
Adventure Time
Stop Motion Pedestrian Pinball
Pulse TV

Play
Physicsgames.net
Various online games
ModNation Racers
Little Big Planet 2 w/ W & cooperative play via PSN
Scrabble w/ M - iPad

'Aliens' wins the game


Create/Make/Program
ModNation Racers Levels
Little Big Planet 2 Levels
Page of Wikis & Guides on blog (helped M)

Art
Drew pictures of the Powerpuff Girls
Drew signs for Sunshine Cleaning Company (a company E invented)
Spray painting - iPad

Read/Research
LEGO Builder forum
Adventure Time Wiki
Stephen Fry's Language Typography video (must see)
Silly Signs - book
Discussed - Roman numerals & the terms 'detour' & 'prosecute'
Google Translate - various languages
The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen From the Future - book

Science/Research
Synesthesia
Discussed M's synesthesia

Write
Commented on LEGO Builder forum

Go/Community
Human Motion Center - M's physical therapy
Claddagh
Brighton Heights Java N Cream Coffee House (Java House) - 3.5hrs
Met & hung out with Khalil at Java House
Helped pick up CSA
Borders

Health/PE
Helped w/ grocery list
Discussed exercise, bone growth & rehabilitation from broken bones

Sunday, July 24, 2011

July 11th - July 24th, 2011

Watch
Science Nation video - sun spots
Adventure Time
Mythbusters
Let's Play videos
Spongebob
Fairly Odd Parents
Obsessives: Soda Pop
Dude What Would Happen?
Lego stop motion videos
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show

Play
Doodle Train - iPad
Aqueduct 101 - online
Pirate Ship
Little Big Planet 2 - PS3
Various other online games
Sand Test
Hangman w/ W - iPad
Atari Greatest Hits - iPad

Make/Do/Art
Scratch programming
Made a movie about a super hero
Drawing
Pictures in Photobooth - iPad

E doing Edvard Munch's "The Scream"


Go/Community
Claire visits 1hr
Brighton Heights Coffee Shop (Java N Cream) w/ Gyres 1.5hrs
Burger King
Sushi Tomo
Human Motion Center - M's physical therapy
Dr. Altman's Office - M's x-rays & check up

Music
Singing Fingers - iPad
Bobby McFerrin Pentatonic Scale video

Science
NPR: Science Friday (July 22nd)
- Exploring The Wild Life of Our Bodies
- Yes, We Do Have Bananas, For Now
- Engineering Artificial Cilia
NPR: Fresh Air (July 22nd)
- Ants: A Global Safari With A Cast Of Trillions

Health/PE
Help with grocery list
Discussion about what foods have protein

Read/Research
Game Informer Magazine
Ranger Rick Magazine

Languages
Google Translate - French & Czech

Sunday, July 10, 2011

June 27th - July 10th, 2011

Watch
Let's Play videos
The Fairly Odd Parents
Adventure Time
Dude What Would Happen?
Hackers (movie)
MST3K: The Star Fighters
MST3K: The Giant Gila Monster
Invader Zim
Phineas and Ferb
Super Why?: Humpty Dumpty and Other Fairytale Adventures

Play
Little Big Planet 2 - PS3
Little Big Planet 1 - PS3
Balance - online
Sand Test - online
Droplets -iPad
Slice It -iPad
Doodle Bowl - iPad
Crazy Electric - iPad
Whizzball - iPad
Nitrome.com
Lazylaces.com
Scrabble - iPad (beat M)
Painting Doors - online
7 Words - iPad
Electric Box - iPad
Plumbers 2 - online
Doodle Train - iPad
Finger Block - iPad
Doodle Bowling - iPad

Read/Research
Lego Catalog
Mod Nation Racers blog post & links
New X Men 1 & 2
Bartleby's Button Book - iPad
Ask! Magazine
Choose Your Own Adventure #1 The Circus
Choose Your Own Adventure #3 Sunken Treasure
Lego Club Magazine
What are 'synonyms'?

Write
Notebook 'chat' w/ M
'to-do' list

Notebook chat


Do/Make/Art
Scratch programming
Drew pictures
Various art apps on iPad

Go/Community
Human Motion Center M's Physical Therapy
Laura Gyre visits 3hrs
Tokyo Sushi Buffet
Sushi Tomo

Health/PE
Food prep
Running around in the rain

Math
Vi Hart videos

Music
Singing Fingers - iPad
Tone Pad - iPad
R-Tap Drums - iPad

Friday, July 1, 2011

Unschooling Journal 2011 - 2012

Date Started: July 1st, 2011
Date Ended: June 30th, 2012
(regular 'school year' begins July 1st & ends June 30th)

Subjects Journalled:
Maths
Computer/Game Programming
English (Reading & Research, Writing & Spelling)
PA History
US History
Health & Physical Education (PE)
Music
Art
Science
Geography
Civics
Safety (Safety and Fire Prevention)
Community & Socialization

Log of Books & Materials

Field Trips

Attendance

Sunday, June 26, 2011

June 13th - June 26th, 2011

Watch
BrainPop.com - painting, polyhedrons, basic probability, Pi, bruises, Internet, computer viruses, skin, obesity, multiplication, Roman numerals and mean, medium, mode & range
Super Mario Brothers' Super Show
Hello Kitty Fairy Tale Theatre
Spongebob Movie
Spongebob
Let's Play Videos - Mario ROM hacks
Super Why! Attack of the Eraser & Jack and the Beanstalk
Rugrats
The Fairly Odd Parents
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters

Play
Little Big Planet 2 - PS3
Little Big Planet - PSP
Super Scribblenauts - DS
Parcheesi
Taboo
Legos
Mod Nation Racing - PSP
WarioWare D.I.Y. - DS & Wii
Various online flash games
Scrabble w/ M (beat M) - iPad
Casey's Contraptions - iPad
Water Works - iPad
Doodle God - iPad
Doodle Devil - iPad

E wins by a point


Read/Research/Do
Ranger Rick's Just for Fun magazine
Chatting w/ Kendall via DS
Scratch Programming website for animation inspiration

Write/Draw
Magnetic poetry w/ M - iPad
Grocery List
Drew ideas for hair cut

Music
Various YouTube.com videos
Various musical instruments w/ Kendall
Boogie-Woogie
Ragtime

Go/Community
D's SixPax & Dogz
Schenley Plaza
Schenley Plaza Carousel
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (main/Oakland)
Picked up CSA
Back Stage Bar
Grill on 7th
Katz Plaza
Human Motion Center - M's physical therapy
Darla Balthaser kid-sat E & K 4hrs
Mad Mex
Oh Yeah!
Apple Store
Claddagh
Thai Cuisine
East End Community Food Cooperative

Heath/PE
Outside play
Food prep
Helped make grocery list

Other
Elijah's Godfather, Bobby and his wife, Melinda and daughter, Kendall arrived for a visit on Friday, June 10th. They leave Friday, June 17th.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

May 30th - June 12th, 2011

Watch
Lego Stop Motion videos
Stick Person Animation videos
Homestarrunner.com
Regular Show cartonnetwork.com
Let's Play videos - Minecraft
Lego Building Instruction videos
Cartoonnetwork.com - Adventure Time & Regular Show
Dirty Jobs
Shark Week
Invader Zim
Shrek
New Adventures of Scooby Doo

Play
Farkle - iPad
Little Big Planet - PSP
Little Big Planet 2 - PS3
Tamagotchi Connection Corner 2 - DS
homestarrunner.com
Whizzball - iPad
Nitrome.com
WarioWare D.I.Y. - DS
Lego Batman - DS
Super Scribblenauts - DS
I Spy (card game)

Art
Mandala creation program - iPad

Math
Tangrams - iPad
Nim - iPad
Farkle - iPad

Heath/PE
Outside play
Food prep
Helped make grocery list

Read/Research
Google Translate - translating Russian and Czech for gaming
Homestar Runner wikiguide
Duncan yo-yo special moves book

Go/Community
Human Motion Center - M's physical therapy
Dr. Dan Altman's Office - M's follow up appointment

Other
Elijah's Godfather, Bobby and his wife, Melinda and daughter, Kendall arrived for a visit on Friday, June 10th. They leave Friday, June 17th.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

May 16th - May 29th, 2011

Watch
Let's Play videos - Super Scribblenauts
Homestarrunner.com
Project animation videos on scratch.com
How-To videos for stripgenerator.com
Marble Run videos for inspiration 
Domino Run videos for inspiration

Play
Casey's Contraptions - iPad
WarioWare D.I.Y. - DS
Little Big Planet 2 - PS3 (w/W)
Super Scribblenauts - DS
Line Rider - online
Scrabble - iPad (beat M 76 to 73)
Mr. Potato Head
Rush Hour - iPad
Heist - iPad
Word POP - iPad
Nitrome Games on nitrome.com

E wins by 3 points


Go/Community
Human Motion Center (M's physical therapy)
Sushi Tomo
Gyres visit (2.5hrs)
James-Wagners visit (1.5hrs)
Sonic

Read/Research
Wikipedia - cats, feral cats, outer space, space exploration, space colonization, bombs & feeps
Comics stripgenerator.com
ComicQuest Space Agent
Ranger Rick Magazine

Sunday, May 15, 2011

May 2nd - May 15th, 2011

Watch
Vi Hart videos
Let's Play videos - Scribblenauts, Minecraft, Super Paper Mario
Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends
Adventure Time
Homestarrunner.com
BrainPop.com - Digestive System, Vaccines & Mars
Mysterious Cities of Gold
The Amazing World of Gumball
Mythbusters

Play
Little Big Planet 2 - PS3
The Hacker - online
Homestarrunner.com games
Spite Cannon 2 - online
WarioWare D.I.Y. - Wii & DS
Legos
Various flash games
Various iPad games
Physicsgames.net

Make
Made a movie
Level designs in Little Big Planet 2

Write
Letter to William on computer

Go/Community
Mad Mex
Sarah, Ernesto & Azrael visit (3hrs)
James visits & cleans (2hrs)
Dr. Altman's office (M's 2wk post-op appt)
Burger King
Jill visits & drops off books (1hr)
Erika visits (1hr)
Sushi Tomo
Human Motion Center (M's physical therapy)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

April 25th - May 1st, 2011

Watch
Let's Play Videos
Chowder - cartoonnetwork.com

Play
Various flash games online
Infamous w/W - PS3
Little Big Planet 2 w/W - PS3
Physicsgames.net
Whizzball
Globs World

Music
Music On a Long Thin Wire - Alvin Lucier
Korg Monotron

Community
Krystyna visits (2hrs)
Sarah visits (1.5hrs)
Erika visits (1hr) - brought M 'boneknit'

Make/Write
Comics on stripgenerator.com
Levels for Globs World

Sunday, April 24, 2011

April 11th - April 24th, 2011

Watch
BrainPop.com - Credit Cards; Distance, Rate & Time; Power; Gravity; and Acceleration
Let's Play Videos - Minecraft
CartoonNetwork.com
Rube Goldberg Time Machine

Play
Little Big Planet 2 - PS3
Contour Game - online
Whizzball - online
Super Scribblenauts - DS
WarioWare D.I.Y. - DS
Dragon's Lair - PS3
Infamous - PS3
Dynamic Systems - online
Iggle Pop - MAC

Make
Homemade card game
Whizzball levels

Go/Community
Gyres (3hrs)
Trader Joe's
East End Community Food Cooperative
Whole Foods
Burger King
Allegheny General Hospital
Target
Game Stop

Read
Comics on Stripgenorator.com
Ranger Rick Magazine

Music
E made himself into a one-man-band

Sunday, April 10, 2011

April 4th - April 10th, 2011

Watch

 Play

 Do/Projects

Read

Go/Community

Health/PE
  • Dancing - Annual Anarchist Ball
  • Walking - strolling around the neighborhood

Listen

Sunday, April 3, 2011

March 28th - April 3rd, 2011

Watch

Play

Read

Research/Conversations

Go/Community
  • The Gyres' (3hrs)
  • Trader Joe's
  • East End Food Co-op
  • Burger King

Sunday, March 27, 2011

March 16th - March 27th, 2011

Watch

 Play
  • Lincoln Logs
  • Frontier Logs
  • Blocks
  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Little Big Planet 2 - PS3
  • Physics Games (Sugar, Sugar; Cover Orange, etc.)
  • Wario D.I.Y. - DS
  • Super Scribblenauts - DS
  • Numbskull

 Do/Projects

Read

 Conversations/Research

Spelling
  • Dungeon

Go/Community
  • Mad Mex
  • Trader Joe's
  • East End Food Co-op
  • The Gyres' (total 4hrs)
  • Violet & River visit (total 6hrs)

Other
  • Helped w/ rearranging living room to make way for the 'new couch'.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

March 15, 2011

Well, as you can plainly see, this blog has been severely neglected. But, that doesn't mean that we haven't been doing things! Here's a recap of the last couple days.

Watch

Draw/Write/Art

Play
  • Little Big Planet 2 - PS3
  • Powder Game - OL
  • Super Scribblenauts - DS

Read
  • ASK Magazine
  • Game Informer Magazine
  • Lego Club Magazine

Do/Projects

Conversations/Research

Spelling
  • Discontinuity
  • Indestructible
  • Fireproof

Other
  • E purposed that Fridays become "Fractal Fridays"; we would draw fractals every Friday. We'll see where this goes...