Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Champ

Mikro is the 8th Grade Regional Champion for the National History Bee in the New York South region, and qualified for Nationals. Way to go, kiddo!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Happy Birthday, Mikro!

We celebrated a few days early, but he will be 15 any day now! He is as tall as I am and has a foghorn voice like his Dad. I am amazed at what an incredible young man my sweet little boy is turning into!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Happy Spring!

It's 80 degrees today, going down to 40 tonight. Happy Spring, I think...

Happy Spring!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter!

Mikro's Easter started off with an egg hunt in the back yard. His dad made him work hard for his prizes. But I think he will agree they were worth the effort. He got 7 fossil eggs, including a mosasaur tooth, spinosaurus tooth, shark tooth, megalodon tooth, enrolled trilobite, sand dollar, and a brachiopod. And a few more traditional basket fillers: some candy and fruit snacks, and little toys like star wars ships and putty that makes rude noises. I think I nailed it for 14 (almost 15!) year old paleontology/science fiction geek boy... For breakfast he had easter eggs that he dyed at his gramma and grampa's house on Good Friday (our family tradition. My mom loves it because the mikromonkey was born on Good Friday and came home on Easter Sunday, so she gets a kick out of seeing him then and doing the egg thing with him...)

Sunday, March 4, 2018

NYC History Bee & Bowls Regionals

Mikro competed in the Regional finals of the High School Division of the National History Bee and Bowl (junior Varsity category, for 9th grade and under. He's an 8th grader...), and came in second in the qualifier for Nationals in the History Bee! He also qualified for Nationals in the US History Bee and Geography Olympiad. Way to go, kiddo!

Friday, February 23, 2018


The drawings aren't always in focus in the video, but here they are:

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Congratulations, Mikro: 2017 YWP Winner!

I will post the story later, once I resolve some tech issues with Word and my old laptop...

This year, Mikro wrote about two more adventures on the quest to obtain ingredients to put together a healing potion to save Enewan's Home Tree. I collaborated on it a bit, mostly in writing the spell songs, since Mikro does not think of himself as a poet. Yet. I'm working on that!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

"I Am..." Poems

I think every teenager should learn to express him/herself in poetry. It saved my sanity more than once at that age... So I am trying to get the boy who would rather read about paleontology to write some... We are using the Poetry Friday Power Books for inspiration. Here are our attempts at "I am" poems:

Mikro's effort:

Today I am...
Someone who doesn't want to write a poem;
Someone who got up too early;
Someone who is going on a field trip;
Someone who will see my best friend;
Someone who will learn something new.

Chele's take:

Today I am...
Someone who got an hour's sleep;
Someone who needs coffee;
Someone whose feet hurt already;
Someone who will wander marble corridors for hours;
Someone who gets to see great art!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The 2017 Not Back to School Interview

Q: What is your favorite subject?
A: Biology, evolutionary biology, paleontology and history, especially military history.

Q: What are you best at?
A: Seeing/making connections between things; imagination; inventing new worlds and mythologies. Procrastinating.

Q: I need to get better at __________.
A: Nothing. Just kidding. Handwriting, typing, being organized, not procrastinating.

Q: What's the best thing about being a homeschooler?
A: Getting to study what I want, but that's what I said last year. Um, I like the teachers! Oh, yeah, and lots of field trips.

Q: What's the worst thing?
A: This questionaire. Just kidding. Um, I don't know. ... I guess maybe not seeing my friends as often as I would like to.

Q: What kind of work do you want to do when you grow up?
A: My answer hasn't changed. I want to be a paleontologist, and an evolutionary biologist.

Q: This year I want to learn about ________.
A: Paleontology (as usual), anatomy, zoology. I want to do that college Evolution textbook. Modern history, Shakespeare, geometry [we are doing algebra first], more astronomy and space science, robotics, Arduino, wire sculpture, mobiles, surrealism, origami, survival and camping skills, Broaqdway musicals, geography, cartography, history, military history special effects and animation.

Q: I want to do more _________.
A: Hanging out with my friends. Field trips. Astronomy.

Q: I want to do less _________.
A: Math.

Q: Who is your best friend?
A: Koby.

Q:I want to go on a field trip to __________.
A: Yale Peabody Museum. The Bruce Museum. The Calder exhibit at the Whitney. The World War I exhibit at the Met.

Q: I want to go on vacation to __________.
A. Washington DC (and the NASM), Philadelphia and Boston. Florida, especially Kennedy Space Center. Space Camp and the space space museum in HUntsville, Alabama. Montana. Ireland, Germany, Mongolia, Iceland and France and the U.K. (but not if there's terrorism.)

Q. The most fun or best thing I did last school year was:
A. Competed in the National History Bee. Visited the Atlanta museums, especially the Carlos Museum at Emory University. It has really nice archaeology collections, the Geogia Aquarium (amazing whale sharks and rays in a huge tank), and the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Q. What are you looking forward to doing this year?
A. More evolution and anatomy stuff.

Q. What do you think about starting high school next year?
A. It's sort of a combination of exciting and scary. Time is passing fast.

Q. What are some colleges you might want to apply to?
A. Yale, Cornell, University of Alberta, University of Montana, Richard Gilder (AMNH, mom), Columbia, SUNY Stonybrook, Hunter College Macauley Honors, NYU, Columbia.