Saturday, September 6, 2014

Highlights of the Week

  1. Smarty’s fever went down and she was delighted to go back to school on Tuesday.
  2. We had fun evening on Monday with my two coworkers. I even managed to make pretty good vegetarian kebabs, since my friends don’t eat meat.
  3. Smarty signed up for a boat load of activities this fall including taking part in a school musical production again, Mad Science, and a choir.
  4. I survived another intense week at work and still managed to keep my blogging addiction.
  5. Smarty had a fun playdate with one of her best friends, but I was a little surprised by their “ play theme” – they were playing going to Las Vegas and gambling with play money. Say wha-a-a-t?

School News

Writing_AssignmentSo far Smarty is very happy with her teacher, and we were pleased with many points she made during back-to-school night this week. I love her philosophy of pragmatic differentiation where she doesn’t want kids to struggle with activities far above or beyond their actual level. This year introduces timed tests, and Mrs L stressed that she would modify either duration or number of tasks on the test for children with test anxiety or dyslexia, On the other hand, she earned “bonus points” with us when she didn’t give Smarty any additional work to “make up” for two days she missed last week. Her second grade teacher piled it on even though she knew perfectly well that for Smarty it will be a “busywork” anyway. What thrills me most so far is that Smarty really opens up with writing – going from her gigantic letters to reasonable letter size and density and increasing writing endurance. She enjoys learning cursive, and it looks that some of fine motor work we did last summer really helped her to strengthen her hands for writing.

What My Child Is Reading

This week Smarty was back in “reread” mood again mostly reading The Cane Chronicles by Rick Riordan. She was also snatching occasional comics from our extensive home library of comic books. We didn’t make it to the library this week, and Smarty is impatiently waiting for their school library to open next week.

Favorite Memory of the Week

Little Baker
Every Saturday I try to bake or make some sort of dessert with Smarty. Now, when she is 7, baking together is not a major undertaking in mess control and actually quite enjoyable. Last weekend we made homemade truffles from one of her cookbooks. We had three toppings for them – cocoa powder, chocolate sprinklers, and coconut flakes. The verdict is unanimous – chocolate sprinkles rule!

Most Popular Post

Well, 12 Engineering Project remained a leader of the week, but I am glad that my What Is Gifted? post attracted a lot of attention and comments. I had to think hard of what I wanted to write about!

What-Is-GiftedYour Turn

How was your week?


Phyllis said...

It seems as if Smarty is as busy as you are! It looks like she has a great teacher this year. You guys did a lot of fun things on your non-work/school time!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I really liked that gifted post you wrote. Your truffles sound delicious!

The kids' new school seems less homework oriented, and I really appreciate that! It makes it easier to enroll them in some extracurricular activities (Emma is doing a theater production, Johnny will do soccer and basketball, and Lily will have soccer) without missing out on time to play. I am very happy with my kids' teachers so far. Teachers make such a difference!

Ticia said...

Her face on that first picture makes me smile.

My kids sometimes play the oddest thing too. The one that cracks me up the most is playing "hotel," where they go and sleep in a hotel.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Her cooking project sounds delicious! I need to try baking more with my son.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I guess be happy they were gambling and not "dancing" in Las Vegas :) I'm really impressed with Smarty's writing. I'm hoping my youngest will make that leap soon.