Highlights of the Week
- Smarty’s fever went down and she was delighted to go back to school on Tuesday.
- 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.
- 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.
- I survived another intense week at work and still managed to keep my blogging addiction.
- 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 NewsSo 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
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!