Saturday, January 10, 2015

Highlights of the Week

Lego Robotics
  • We survived the first week back to school and work.
  • Smarty has already knocked off her first goal of the year by jumping on her pogo stick for 100 times in a row. In fact, she can jump for quite a long time now.
  • Smarty built and programmed her first Lego robot.
  • I am in the middle of changing teams, which is quite stressful at the moment with two managers wanting things from me. Hopefully I will be able to switch completely by mid February.


School-Yard Every evening my daughter was whining and complaining about going to school the next day, but overall she was in a good mood. This week they wrapped up their science topic of space by making star wheels and writing their own constellation myths. I can’t wait for Smarty to bring it home, so we can read it. They also learned to write haiku and cinquain poems.

After School

Last Friday my husband pulled out Lego Mindstorms 2.0 kit that I gave him for his birthday 10 years ago. He spent several hours getting software to work, since it needed 32-bit Windows XP machine :) In the meantime, Smarty assembled her first robot following instructions in the manual and couldn’t wait to start programming it. After another couple of hours of debugging (USB wireless tower didn’t wish to communicate to the unit), it finally worked, and Smarty was thrilled to have her robot progress from simple commands to shoving blocks out of the circle. She really wished she had more time to experiment with her robot this week, but she goes to an after school Y program three times a week while we both work. Even when we pick her up earlier (at 4 pm), she is usually too tired to really get into something time consuming and requiring concentration. She was practicing her pogo sticking, playing with toys and reading.

What My Child Is Reading

Reading Cookbooks The links in this post are Amazon affiliate links. Smarty was mostly in “re-read” mode this week picking her favorite moments from Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series. This is one of the huge advantages of Kindle – she has these books readily available on one small device and not scattered around her room. She has enough other books scattered about anyway, especially her Encyclopedia Britannica Interactive Science Library. I also involved her in reading through our cookbooks and picking vegetarian recipes to try out. We don’t plan to become completely vegetarian, but one of my goals this year is to find three meatless dishes our entire family will want to eat more than once. Sadly, our first new meatless dish (baked potatoes with cabbage) was a flop.

Favorite Memory of the Week

Goofy-FaceFlipping through Smarty’s worksheets that she brought from school, I saw an assignment to make an exaggeration. Smarty wrote, I am so bored that my brain stopped working.

Popular Posts This Week

First place with a huge lead – 12 Amazing Engineering Projects for Kids.
Second place – Is There a Goal In Motherhood (my favorite post last year)
Third place – 12 Stem Ideas for Kids Age 5+

Your Turn

How was your week?


Ticia said...

I do find her exaggeration kind of funny.

I'm putting off working on stuff I need to work on, how's that for being bad?

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

We have one of those Lego Mindstorm sets. T received it as a gift, a few years back. The kids liked it, until they got to the stand-up robot. It was a fair amount of work to build, and then needed a lot of "debugging". In the end they tired of tinkering with it, and put it back in the box. Every once and a while someone will mention trying it again...but so far no one has. I like Smarty's literal take on exaggerations :)