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Geometry, American History, and My Haircut

It’s been too long!

Recently I’ve been focusing on learning geometry because I have a test in June. I’ve always taken the EOGs (End Of Grade) for fun, but this year in 9th grade I have to for the state. I’ve been learning geometry on Khan Academy. I really love Khan Academy because the teacher talks to you and demonstrates everything on the screen with a stylus. There are also practice tests that will give you extra videos to help you with what you need to work on. In the past, I always learned about genetics and the circulatory system on Khan, but I’m realizing it’s a great place to learn math as well! My goal is to complete the geometry section of Khan before my test in June.

Something else I’ve been doing is working on my knowledge of American History. I got A Young People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn for Hanukkah. The books starts when America was “discovered” (but not really discovered because people were already here) and goes to sometime after the year 2000. Right now I’m in the early nineteen hundreds. The book is really good (unlike much of the history inside of it)! I like how you see the events from different perspectives. We hear what the rich white people said in addresses and speeches, what the free/enslaved black people said in front of  large groups of people or in meetings, and what the middle class wrote in newspapers and pamphlets. There is also an entire chapter dedicated to the activist women in the 1800s. I highly suggest this book (or the original adult book if you want) if you’re interested in American history.

One more thing. I got a big haircut! Now my hair is the shortest it’s been in ten years.

Bye!

 

ALC NYC Peeps Visiting

This week a facilitator (@melody), two parents, and some students (@douglasawesome, @simoneboss, @serenagermany, @thewitchqueen908, @agilesaylor, @flamewheel) from ALC NYC visited Mosaic. Serena and Nahla stayed at my house. We had a really fun time playing Uno. Unfortunately, I was sick yesterday, so I didn’t have as much time as I wanted to hang out with them at school. Here are some things I did with the visitors:

  • Balderdash
  • Do You Really Know Me
  • Blokus
  • Never Have I Ever
  • Walk to Harris Teeter

Overall, I had a really fun time with our visitors, even if it was only 2 1/2 days (they got here Tuesday at 11;30ish).

Something else. I’m on a 51 day streak on Duolingo! I feel like my German has really improved recently with being able to conjugate verbs. Instead of being horrible, I’m now slightly okay. 😉

Bye!

The Way Of Adventure Library Selfie

A few people from Wings (@tomis, @michaelgadhia, @libby, and I) are participating in Blake Boles’ “Way Of Adventure” Course. Our first challenge out in the community was to go to our local library, ask a librarian to help us find a book, and then take a selfie with them.

I decided that I would ask for/get a book about German grammar, because that’s one of the most (if not the most) difficult things about learning German (or any other language, for that matter).

I actually found a great book with German sentences to use in any situation including

  • Shopping, home improvement, restaurants.
  • Greetings, goodbyes, introductions, and telephone calls.
  • The weather.
  • Train station, hotel, post office, airport, auto shop, and the doctor’s office.

There are so many more, but I won’t bore you any longer.

Needless to say, this should be a very helpful book to look over! I also got a book called Ein Hund fürs Leben. The translation is (I think) A Dog for Leben. I’m hoping I’ll be able to understand it!

Now, the selfie with the librarian was very awkward. I think that Liberty documented the experience beautifully in her own blog about the challenge, therefore I’ll quote her a bit on this one. Green = Liberty’s words.

We were all acting really awkward when we asked for our selfie. The librarian came around the desk for the picture and waited for probably 20 seconds while Michael was trying to figure out how to take a selfie. Then Alona finally just grabbed the phone from him. The selfie was then taken, and we thanked the librarian and hurried out. 

I have a feeling this course is going to be a real challenge, but I think we are all very excited to see what other ridiculous things we need to do in this course.

Left to right: Me, Librarian, Michael, Liberty.

 

 

The Curly Girl Method

Hi! I’ve mentioned the Curly Girl Method a few times on my blog, but not in much detail. I thought that I’d do just that.

The Curly Girl Method is for anyone who has wavy or curly hair. The basic idea is to only use conditioner, gel or mousse. No shampoo. I know, I know. No shampoo?! Trust me, my hair is very clean. Shampoo contains sulfates, which strip the hair of its natural oils. Some shampoo (and pretty much any other types of hair products) also contains silicone, which coat your hair in plastic, making it so that no moisture can get through to your hair. Ever. For your hair to be healthy, it needs moisture, and it can’t get that when it’s coated with plastic.

To start the Curly Girl Method (or CGM), you need to do a final wash. This is washing with a shampoo that has sulfates, but not silicone. You can also use diluted dish soap. The sulfates wash out the silicone so that you can start anew with non-plastic-y hair. Then, you add conditioner. The conditioner can’t contain sulfates or silicone.  It all depends on your hair with how much conditioner, which conditioner, if you leave some in or not, etc.

Personally, I leave in one HUGE handful of Suave Essentials conditioner. That’s right, I don’t wash it out. My hair loves moisture that much!

The next time you wash your hair, instead of shampoo or dish soap, just use your CG (Curly Girl Method Safe) conditioner to wash your hair. Put some on your dry scalp (and, if you want, dry hair) and scrub your scalp. Don’t use your nails, though. Scrub until you feel like your arms are falling off, then get into the shower. Scrub some more so that all of the conditioner is out of your hair and off of your scalp. Put some more conditioner in your hair and let it sit like you would with normal conditioner, and shower as normal. Once your shower is over, rinse all of the conditioner out while combing through your hair with your fingers or a wide tooth comb. Now, add some more conditioner in your hair. It should feel like wet seaweed and your fingers should be able to go through it effortlessly. I suggest doing this with your head upside down; it’s easier on the arms. I then add another handful of conditioner and work it into my hair. This is too much for some people, and not enough for others, so you just have to figure out what’s best for you!

Once you’ve finished with that, put some gel in your hair. Remember, the gel can’t contain silicone or sulfates! I like to scrunch my gel in, but it’s up to you. You don’t need to use gel, but that works best for most people.

It’s normal for your hair to need to transition. For some people, their hair looks good right away. For others it takes up to 3 months. During the transition period the hair is usually limp, possibly greasy looking, and overall unappealing. But once you get past that stage, your hair will probably look so much better! I know mine did. Here are some pictures:

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My hair when I was little.
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Before the CGM. I wore my hair in a ponytail 24/7.

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This is after my first time doing the CGM. I didn’t know about the final wash, so I didn’t actually do one.
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Right after my first DevaCut. My hair was cut dry so that she could see how my hair naturally fell.
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My 13th Birthday! A couple weeks after my DevaCut.

 

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A few months after my first DevaCut.

Over time, my hair got curlier and curlier. Now, a year after my first DevaCut, my hair is pretty curly.

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My 14th birthday! This was yesterday 🙂 (March 1st, 2017)

If you have any questions about the Curly Girl Method, comment, and I’ll do my best to answer them!

I hope you’ll give it a try 🙂

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The Balkan War

This week I learned about the Balkan War from one of my fellow student’s father. I will teach you what he taught us.

There used to be a country called Yugoslavia. It consisted of a few countries. The ones I’ll be talking about today are Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia.

Let’s get our geography down real quick.

Croatia is yellow, Bosnia is green, and Serbia is brown/pink/redish color.
Croatia is yellow, Bosnia is green, and Serbia is brown/pink/redish color.

As you can see from this map, Bosnia is practically surrounded by those two countries. If you look closely, only a TINY part of southern Bosnia is touching the shore, and that’s it.

On March 31st, 1991, Croatia wanted to secede and become its own country. Serbia didn’t like this, and they tried to stop Croatia from leaving Yugoslavia. This started a conflict between the two states, leaving Bosnia in the middle. Bosnia declared that they also wanted to secede on April 6th, 1992. Serbia obviously didn’t like that either. So now Serbia was in a war with both Bosnia and Croatia. Because Bosnia was left in the middle, that’s where the fighting happened. The innocent citizens, who were just trying to live, were stuck in the middle of a horrible war.

There are many similarities between the Holocaust and the Balkan War. There were concentration camps, pointless killings of civilians, and sieges that killed thousands of people.

The army would go around to people’s houses and take the able bodied males to fight in the war. They didn’t have a choice.

When people were lucky enough to escape to other countries as refugees, they would get on buses. The even luckier ones would be delivered safely to another country. The unlucky ones would be separated into groups of men, women, and children. Then lined up and shot. Just like that.

My friend’s father was 6 when he escaped from Bosnia to Croatia. The bus that transported him and his family to safety did stop. The men, women, and children were separated and lined up. But just a few seconds before the shots rang out a UN vehicle showed up and their lives were saved.

He and his family made it safely to Croatia and lived on an island in a refugee camp for 2 1/2 years before coming to the USA as an immigrant. He had a friend in less than a week, and learned the language in 6 months.

He’s now married and has an 8 year old daughter named Ari. She’s the age he was when he was still living in a refugee camp. He was going to a soup kitchen every day to get food with his family.

Without refugees being welcomed by Croatia, and immigrants being welcomed by the USA, Ari wouldn’t exist. Our school wouldn’t be as happy as it is today, all because of one immigrant.

I guess some people fail to realize how important refugees and immigrants are, and that’s too bad. I think if they took the time to meet one, they would learn that they’re people just like you and me, and that when they need help we should help them.

His story made me think about how very lucky I am to be living where, when, and how I am now.