School. This week all second grade classes (there are three of them in Smarty’s school) went to the coast to visit a place where monarch butterflies come to winter. To prepare for this trip, they were raising butterflies in their classroom and read “a million” of fiction and non-fiction books about butterflies. Common Core places a big focus on “reading for information”, and all October was spent in non-fiction unit for reading. By now Smarty is completely settled in her school class, found new friends (all boys) and loves hanging out with them during recess playing something called wall ball. She is usually happy to go to school except when there is a good book that she hasn’t finished – this is when she is begging to be left at home or to be homeschooled.
Afterschool. When I see all the art projects on the web, I stress that Smarty has no interest in art and very rarely chooses to do art on her own. Then I remind myself that she actually does quite a bit of art in her “real” afterschool Y program that she attends three times a week. An additional benefit doing arts in group setting is that she can learn some tricks both from teachers and from her more crafty mates.
Places we are going. Last Sunday Anna had her birthday at Pump It Up place. The kids and adults had so much fun racing each other, playing with huge foam block and going up the climbing wall. I think though that it’s the last big birthday bash for her – next year we plan to have a smaller party at home for her closest friends and a fun short trip as a family instead.
Highlights of the Week
- 1 – Birthday’s aftermath – Smarty got so many wonderful gifts from her friends
- 2 – Incredibly, one of the gifts was a Razor scooter, Smarty was thrilled!
- 3 – Smarty painted her face herself. It’s supposed to be a bird
- 4 – One of my favorite presents – a logical game IQ Twist
- 5 – Nice autumn walk back from school