School: It was a testing week in school. I am a little confused as to what this testing is about, since California is not doing a normal statewide testing this year due to their switch to Common Core. The district, however, still tests using old curriculum of second grade, which has topics that were moved now to the late part of the second grade or even to the third grade. All this has no relevance for Smarty, since she knows that material, but it reflects the mess and the stress that teachers and administrators are enduring through a poorly managed switch to Common Core. In Russian we have a saying for this, We wanted to do our best, but it turned out to be our usual.
Smarty was not stressed about tests and enjoyed less homework and several special events. Last Friday her school had an annual Father-Daughter dance, and it was her first chance to go, because my husband didn’t want to take her when she was in K and was sick last year. She was very excited, and they both enjoyed their special evening.
Afterschool. Smarty’s class also had a special “snow day” (without any snow unlike the rest of the country!) and a Valentine’s party. Smarty spent a lot of her afterschool time this week working on her homemade Valentine bookmarks for her classmates. She designed them, but my husband laminated the “trunks” and used his Silhouette machine to cut out the hearts. Smarty wrote special messages to every child on the other side, and we had an interesting discussion as to why “white lies” are OK in the situations when you are asked to give presents to people you don’t like or when you receive presents you don’t like.
What My Child Is Reading.
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Every Wednesday Smarty brings home one or two books from You Wouldn’t Want to Be… series from her school library. It always amuses me when she inserts some obscure history facts from these books into conversations on other topics. Together we finished Who Was Albert Einstein.
Places We Are Going. Another special event this week was an annual Science Night organized by our school district, science teachers, and middle grade students for elementary students. It is not the same as science fair – during Science Night students have an opportunity to do hands-on science experiments and ask questions. Interestingly, we always see the same parents and kids at these events, which only proves that education begins and ends at home.
During a science night I was talking to other Moms and mentioned that Smarty and Papa are going to Germany this weekend. One of the Moms said jokingly, Well, every night you can soak in your bathtub. Smarty overheard it and said, Yes, but she will be soaking in her bathtub alone!
I hope that Smarty and Papa have an easy flight and fantastic time in Germany for the next two weeks! I’ll be missing them while soaking in my bathtub alone.
How was your weekend and Valentine’s Day?