Highlights of the Week
- Smarty had a very busy last week of her vacation at home with her Papa. They made a big plan of places to go and things to do this week.
- School starts next Wednesday, and Smarty is really excited about it. She can’t wait to find out who will teach her this year.
- Smarty and Papa had fun going to play mini golf with friends while I “slaved away” in the office. It’s been a busy week for me as well!
Places We Are Going
Last weekend we went hiking in another State Park near the ocean – The Wilder Ranch. Smarty was really not in the mood for hiking for some reason, but once we dragged her there, she enjoyed the walk, the scenery and a discussion about what it would take to invent a smell recorder.
What My Child Is Reading
Smarty is still stuck on Harry Potter rereads. She is now an expert on all things Harry Potter, just as she is an expert on all things Percy Jackson. However, one evening I hooked her on From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (an affiliate link). She wouldn’t touch the book based on its title and cover, but I read her the first chapter, and then she read the rest… in about an hour. Yes, she loved it. Yes, she is a speed reader. No, she doesn’t have a perfect recall, but she does have full understanding of the main story lines in the books that she swallows so quickly.
Favorite Memory of the Week
Smarty never plays with dolls. Instead she is playing with her Hot Wheels cars. She constructs different tracks and then she has competitions for her cars, complete with complex result tables, rules, awards, opening and closing ceremonies, etc. It’s almost too bad that it took her almost all summer to really get into pretend play on her own, but she is certainly enjoying it now. It’s a new world when our daughter does not ask to be entertained by us, her parents.