Highlights of the Week
- First cold of the school year – sadly, Smarty had to miss Thursday and Friday because of the head cold. We don’t believe in sending her in with fever, but it’s hard to keep her in bed since she is feeling OK.
- We went to two different parties last weekend – a lot of fun, but, unfortunately, plenty of opportunities to get a virus or two.
- We had friends from Germany staying with us for a couple of days. Smarty always enjoys these kinds of breaks in routine. She was a good sport about getting ready for bed and going to bed on her own.
- My work has been rather busy – I am very grateful for my husband’s flexible working arrangement, where he can stay home with a sick child if necessary.
- Until Smarty got sick, we followed our routine schedule – library on Monday, friends (playdates) on Tuesday, science on Wednesday. She missed her “sports on Thursday” (a gymnastic class). We also have cook on Friday, bake on Saturday, go places on Sunday. Soon the schedule will change, since she signed up for a school musical and will be in rehearsals on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Luckily, her usual playdate friends signed up for the same musical too.
So far Smarty is really enjoying school. Luckily, she shares quite a bit of what is happening in school, especially if I ask more direct questions, like Did you do anything special in math class? She has another student in her class that is way above level, and the teacher is already pairing them together for special assignments in math. It’s interesting to see how this will develop, because Smarty and M spend a lot of time arguing over approaches and trying to impress each other rather than solving problems, but at least their brains are engaged and working. Smarty is also thrilled to learn cursive and works hard to practice her letters. The teacher has an interesting approach to teaching it – it looks like they are learning 3 letters every week. First they learned t,e,a, and this week they learned how to write h, i, and l. Now Smarty is amusing herself seeing how many words she can construct out of these letters.