Saturday, January 11, 2014

In Our Lives… We all went back to school and work this week and readjusting to an early start of our day. Luckily, my work week was reasonable, and I could pick daughter up early enough to give her some time to play. She had a fun playdate on Tuesday with her best friend where they made “a humongous mess” (her expression) in her room, but, to their credit, they cleaned everything up in the end.
What My Child Is Reading
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Our “person of the week” this week was Marie Curie, and we are reading through Marie Curie biography from Giants of Science series by Kathleen Krull. Actually, I wanted to stop reading it, because I thought that the level of information was too detailed for a seven year old, but daughter really loved it and always asked for clarification when something was not clear to her, so I decided to keep going with it.
I am trying to be consistent in spending one hour oIMG_2869f 1:1 time with Smarty on the days I come home earlier. This week has been good – we played her favorite game Launch Pad on Monday, did a science experiment on Wednesday and wrote “thank you” notes on Friday. Also, I finally bit the bullet and signed her for Khan Academy. I still need to figure out the best way for her to find content that would be challenging but not completely overwhelming – that’s “work in progress”.
Quote of the week. In Marie Curie’s book the author wrote that Pierre Curie was schooled at home by tutors. Then narration shifted to how Pierre and Marie met and how he was charmed by her intelligence and how she was better at math than he was. Smarty said, No wonder she was better at math. She went to a real school, and Pierre was homeschooled! It cracked me up, since all math she learned so far she learned at home.


Alison P. said...

Gotta love the insights of kids :) Of course my son declared that he didn't like science but had a blast doing the dry ice experiments. It is how they see it.

Joyful Learner said...

Yes, all of my best math students learned it at home! I wished I had learned the way their parents taught them (best were the kids whose parents were from India). I was schooled in the US so I am unlearning a lot of things.

RockerMom said...

I hope that Khan Academy works for her. Great week! I love reading about your afterschooling activities!!

Ticia said...

Ha ha ha ha, at her comment.

Is that a version of the Princess and the Pea I see on your carousel? That looks really interesting.

How are you liking the Dear America series?

Phyllis said...

I am amazed that they cleaned up the mess in the end. Wonderful! Sounds like you have a great start of school in the new year.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

That is a funny quote from Anna! I signed Emma up for Khan Academy, but couldn't get the material to progress slowly enough for her. We'll probably try again next summer, and I would love to hear any tips you might have!