Sunday, April 29, 2012
Some Thursdays, we go out for coffee or dinner with Kev's best buddy (who is MIkro's godfather). This week, I was amused by the three older children playing with their toys together at the table, while the actual kid did word searches on his placemat. (Photo courtesy of Mikro.)
This is what usually happens when we go out: Would you like some clown with your coffee?
Friday was a jam packed day: First we saw the shuttle, then we went out to Long Island Museum of Science for Mikro's science class, which focused on invasive species this week. While the kids are in class, we parents chat, or take a nature walk. The grounds are beautiful in any season. This week I saw Italian Wall Lizards basking, robins mating, and lots of gorgeous spring flowers.
After science, we rushed home for a program at our local library with Animal Embassy. Mikro got to hold an African Bull Frog, and we saw lots of other exotic animals.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Moments later, Kev was taking amazing shots from Battery Park as Enterprise circled the Statue of Liberty and flew over lower Manhattan.
What an amazing experience. I am so glad Mikro got to see this bit of history!
Sunday, April 22, 2012
He's reading a series on early man featuring titles like A Day With Homo Habilis. We're also talking about more modern historical eras as they are implicated in the series Who Do You Think You Are?, which we are watching on Amazon Instant Video and enjoying immensely. It's lead to discussions of slavery, the Holocaust, prohibition, the Civil War, the California Gold Rush, and I'm sure others I'm just not recalling at the moment. Very cool, and it makes me wish I could get past Charlie from the late 1700s on my paternal grandfather's side in my own genealogical research, but the trail ends with him.
Mikro is also reading a book on California history and geography. Next we move on to Florida and Texas. We're working our way through the 50 states in the order that the Highlights Magazine Which Way USA issues arrive at our door. I still have a bunch of resources on Africa to get through before moving on to the ancient Middle East, though we have dipped a toe in that pool already at this point. After that, it will be precolumbian civilizations of the Americas, and then Australia. I'm hoping by September we are ready to move along to the Dark Ages and early medieval period. We also just did a bunch of health/hygiene videos. And I just signed him up for the season pass at Silver Lake, and for swim lessons.
We are really getting a lot done lately, though I am feeling very uninspired about math. Usually we have fun with it, but I think I'm just a little burned out on it at the moment. I'm having him do computer math and some fun type workbooks, Hidden Picture Math and Quilt Math, where you do problems and the answer determines what color you make the space, and if you get it all right, you reveal the picture or pattern. Beast Academy math books arrived, and I'll turn him loose on them next week or so. He's not the math apathetic one, I am. Hopefully this is a short lived phase brought on by the headaches doing the taxes gave me.
Pottery is winding down for the semester. Still a few more weeks of glazing, but I'm not planning on building anything new. Fingers crossed it all gets in the kiln. Mikro is a dragon drawing dervish. He's really doing some nice sketches. I'm hoping he'll branch out and try some new subjects as well.
Next week, we are probably going to try to see the Enterprise fly by NYC on its way to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Kev may be able to see it from the windows at work. Wednesday, we have reservations for the educator's night preview of the new Terracota Warriors exhibit at Times Square Discovery Exposition Center. And Friday is science class at SMLI.
We messed up this week and somehow managed to get on the wrong train, so we missed science class, but instead headed to the Earth Day Fair at Grand Central Terminal. Mikro really enjoyed the Bio Bus, where he saw lots of microbes living in compost, including nematodes that had jellyfish bioluminescent cells grafted into them, so that different parts of their anatomy glowed under different color filtered light sources. Red was muscle cells, which showed up mainly around the exterior, and green was neural tissue. Mikro informs me that nematodes are roundworms, and they have nerve rings. He was quite the little professor on the Bio Bus.
Kev and I also upgraded our phones on Friday. I now have a smart phone, which I apparently need to be smarter to figure out. Um, I have a doctorate, hub is a highly trained IT professional, and between the two of us, we struggled to figure out how to answer a call without putting the phone on speaker. I still haven't managed to find the illusory google chat/im app that will supposedly save me paying for texts.... My love/mostly hate, especially change, relationship with technology continues...
Thursday, April 19, 2012
"A cinquain is a five lined poem that are written in many different ways but here is the format that we wrote them in today.
Line 1 - one word that tells what your subject is
Line 2 - two words that describe your subject
Line 3 - three action words that tell about your subject
Line 4 - a four word phrase that expresses a feeling about your subject.
Line 5 - one word that is a synonym for your subject."
To get Mikro motivated, I had to compose a couple:
Melting, Oozing, Dripping
My favorite yummy lunch
Lounging, Staring, Yawning
Surprisingly errupts, hunting crickets
Bouncing, Spinning, Joking
My heart walking around
Tinkering, Laughing, Talking
Best friend and soulmate
Reading, Writing, Creating
Riverloving homeschooling wife/mom
Learning, Exploring, Supporting
We're all weird here.
Here is Mikro's:
Moving, Thinking, Geeking
Biologist in the Making
And because he is a nine year old boy, he could not help but share the following:
Trumpeting, Popping, Escaping
I laugh, mom cringes
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Quote: "On this drawing, I left my comfort zone. And it worked!"
We spent most of the day in the yard making pottery. I made a cylinder with impressed fossil plates. He made fossil ornaments. I made an owl wall plaque and suggested he try as well. My huge owl is "Athena." His mini is "Curiosity". My other 2 are now dubbed Wisdom and Knowledge. Kev told me to look up Odin's ravens, who are Thought and Memory. Similar ideas.
Anyway, we finally picked up Kev, and then the party started. Mikro opened his gifts and we had cake. Then we had dinner. He enjoyed having dessert first. Afterwards, Mikro watched Survivor, read from his prehistoric life field guide, then watched some of Sons of Guns while playing with his Perplexus Epic, one of his favorite gifts. Then he watched Monster Man, got measured on the growth chart wall, and he's now headed to bed. He says he had a great birthday. He seems to love his science books more than most of the games and toys. Well, except for Perplexus. He is obsessed with that thing.