Highlights of the Week
- We had gorgeous fall weather and took advantage of it on the weekend.
- I had 2 trial-free days this week and could catch up with home and work duties.
- We received a notification that Smarty qualified for California Gifted and Talented (GATE) program.
SchoolWe had our parent-teacher conference this week and received Smarty’s first trimester report. Everything is going very well, and Smarty’s teacher had a lot of positive things to say about our daughter. She stressed that Smarty loves challenges and is able and willing to push herself further by creating her own word problems or writing more than required. It’s amazing for us to see how her writing exploded this year – perhaps all this fine motor skills practice over summer helped her strengthen her fingers. It’s fun to read her work, especially this creative newspaper project that her gifted subgroup did while studying text features.
There was only one area of improvement that her teacher pointed out. To put it simply, it’s ability to listen to multiple view points and not to correct her classmates when their conclusions or reasoning are incorrect. To be honest, this is an area where I am struggling too as an adult, but I have a better filter between my thoughts and my mouth. Smarty has no filter yet, and she can sometimes say mean things without meaning to. Any advice on that would be highly appreciated!
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Smarty spent a lot of time reading and playing with her Lego friends this week, but one afternoon we managed to do a fun project from 150+ Screen Free Activities for Kids by Asia Citro. I will have a blog post about it on Sunday. I have a hunch it’s not the last project we do from this book, since Smarty found several things there that she would really like to try.