Saturday, September 20, 2014

Highlights of the Week

Mad Science
  1. Smarty loves all her after school classes, especially Mad Science when she gets to take little science-related kits home. This “decorate a beaker” kit was a big hit!
  2. Lowlight: I got a very painful sore in my mouth that I just can’t seem to get rid of. Any tips?
  3. My husband’s brother is on a business trip to US and is coming to spend this weekend and the next weekend with us. Smarty is excited, and so am I, since I didn’t see my brother-in-law for 6 years!
  4. Smarty finished 4th grade in math in Khan Academy and already has 35% of skills covered for the fifth grade. We are taking a short break to celebrate this milestone.


The honeymoon is still going strong here. Smarty seems to love everything about her class this year. She enjoyed being a lunch helper this week and is looking forward to her turn of being a preschool buddy. We are impressed with how well this teacher manages to challenge stronger kids – Smarty was showing us the formula she developed for calculating the number of toothpicks needed to construct n triangles if the sequence below just keeps growing. She is also challenged in writing (she is working on “a diary of an allosaurus” story in class) and in spelling. We also love that her homework remains minimal leaving enough time for her many after school adventures and for playing.

Places We Are Going

Pony-Riding Our camping trip last weekend was a lot of fun with a lot of first experiences including the first night in a tent, the first smore, and the first pony ride!

What My Child Is Reading

It’s hard to keep an overview nowadays, since Smarty is rarely interested in me reading anything to her or in joint reading. She brought two books from a school library – both from her favorite series (affiliate links): Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey and Amelia Works It Out. She was also rereading From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs E. Frankweiler from our home library.

Best Memory of the Week

Smarty: You know, Mama, I don’t want to buy lottery tickets. If we win, our life will change, and I don’t want it to change. Out life is perfect.

Post of the Week

As usual 12 Amazing Engineering Projects leads the traffic, but my second popular is October Books for 2 and 3 year olds.

Your Turn

How was your week?


Phyllis said...

Camping is fun, isn't it? We did a lot of it this year. I like her logical thinking. I am so glad that she is so happy.

min said...

Love her quote! Glad school is working out for you this year! The teacher sounds delightful.

We are reading Little Women and I'm surprised how much K is enjoying it. Maybe Smarty will too?

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

That's a fantastic quote!

Deceptively Educational said...

Your best memory of the week is absolutely precious. Leave it to kids to recognize perfection! :)

Ticia said...

Awwww, that's such a sweet quote.

M & M Mariam said...

from the mixed up one of my fall time favorite children's books... of course I read it much later in life than u're daughter :) but I loved it.