Saturday, November 15, 2014

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.


Newspaper We 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!

After School

Screen Free Activities
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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.

What My Child Is Reading

Reading Smarty finally got into the first series of Warriors by Erin Hunter (it comes in two 6-book series, and Smarty accidentally read the second set first). The books are rather long – in Smarty's world it means that it takes her about 2 hours to read one book. Not surprisingly, we are buying most of the books for her on Kindle nowadays, otherwise our book collection would overload our house. However, I snagged the first set of Warriors on the library book sale – it was a great deal for 50 cents a book!

Places We Are Going

Hiking The weather was gorgeous this past weekend, and our friends joined us on the hiking trip. It’s a lot more fun for Smarty to hike with friends her age – they explore and make up their own games as they walk. Smarty’s friend and classmate A (a boy in the picture) also qualified for GATE, so they will be spending even more time together in an after school GATE program provided by our school district.

Favorite Memory of the Week

Pile-of-Leaves-Portrait Smarty might be very intelligent and all, but I am SO glad that she is focusing on what matters – like on making sure she jumps into a leaf pile at least once every fall :)

Most Popular Post of the Week

12 Amazing Engineering Projects certainly rocked this week, because Teach Preschool shared it with her almost 1M Facebook followers. November is shaping up to be a great month on my blog, and I always enjoy new readers and commenters, so thank you for visiting :)

Your Turn

How was your week?


Ticia said...

Just non-stop reminding and talking about it.
We struggle with that too at times.

min said...

We discussed this together but fortunately, K has better impulse control than I do and she is very sensitive about not wanting to hurt people's feelings. But she did say that not everything she says is inspiring! Lol.
Before you speak, THINK…

T - is it True?
H - is it Helpful?
I - is it Inspiring?
N - is it Necessary?
K - is it Kind?

min said...

Here's a poster:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I think we all learn filters as survival mechanism. As she sees the hurt, or feels the annoyance her comments cause - she'll learn to keep some of them to herself.

Your fall looks a little warmer than ours :) Enjoy it!