Saturday, February 1, 2014


School. Every year Smarty’s school hosts The Authors’ Week followed by Make a Book event. The last person who visited this week was Christian Robinson, an illustrator of Josephine book that we reviewed here. Smarty recognized his illustration style and was delighted to meet him face to face. She also had a blast at Make a Book – she started on a pretty suspenseful story of two groundhogs in love. We finally got official results of her math tests that she took for grade 3 and grade 4. She passed grade 3 with 98% and grade 4 with 80%. At home she is working in the middle of 4th Grade on Khan Academy.


Afterschool. Smarty was delighted when I found time to play her most favorite board game – Settlers of Catan Card Game. She had a fun playdate with her best friend on Tuesday, and she is loving her Mad Science class that she is taking on Wednesday. In gymnastics she was moved up one level a couple of weeks ago and adores her new teacher. We were considering dropping gymnastics at some point, but now she really wants to practice and improve. In history our theme of the week was the Gold Rush.

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I feel that Smarty read less than usual this week, but perhaps it was because it was a busy week. She usually reads on her own before bed, but she is back in Lego building mood and was busy building The Alamo out of Legos instead. While she was playing, I was reading to her one chapter a night from What Was the Gold Rush and a chapter from 10 Plants That Shook the World. The book about plants is truly fascinating, and I learned a lot from it.


Places We Are Going. Last Sunday we went on our traditional January or early February hike to a place that we visit once a year. This tradition started even before Smarty was born. Every year we take pictures next to a mimosa tree growing near the trail, and it’s fun to see how we all change (and some of us grow!) year over year.

Your Turn: How was your week?


An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I love how diverse her interests are. I'm really curious to see how her school manages to fit her in.

Phyllis said...

Congratulations on her math testing!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I signed Emma and Johnny up for Mad Science as well, and they love it!

hey said...

How EXCITING to meet a real author!

I've heard about Settlers of Catan from our friends. They are totally addicted. I've got to check it out! Thanks for the reminder.


Ticia said...

I didn't know about a Catan card game.... There's a small part of me that says, "get it, get it..." Cause I need another Catan game, right?

Now, I'm trying to guess what the 10 plants are, and I'm thinking potato and tomato are 2 of them? Rubber tree?