Saturday, April 25, 2015

Highlights of the Week

Last weekend we went camping in the Pinnacles National Park with 7 other families from Smarty’s school. Smarty was in paradise – playing with her school friends and going on a hike through the natural caves to the Pinnacles reservoir. The only disappointment was that we couldn’t light a fire, even in fire pits, because the fire danger level was set to high. Even all the rains of this winter didn’t help California drought, and it’s dry inland already. On the second day, we went to the Indian Canyon to visit the Ohlone Indians. You can read about this visit in a separate post.


We had an unexpected news from school this week. Our principal had to move temporarily to the middle school next door to replace a principal who had to go on a leave of absence for personal reasons. Our third grade teacher is going to step in for the rest of the year as a principal of our school. It means that the kids will finish the last 6 weeks of the year with a substitute teacher. I am not too worried that Smarty will miss 6 weeks of learning, but substitutes usually mean total chaos in the classroom, which leaves Smarty cranky for the rest of the day. At least Mrs L. will still be here next week to administer California State Test and she promised to check on the classroom as frequently as possible.

After School

On Wednesday we managed to get out and play tennis together and then Smarty and I stopped by the park to pick up some trash. It’s funny how much garbage our clean suburban park actually has. Smarty immediately had an idea to make a poster asking people not to litter. I expect that this, as many other of her projects, will remain in the “planning phase”, but perhaps doing garbage pick up once a week will motivate her to actually move to implementation phase.

Keeping Things Real

It might appear from my blog that my daughter spends her entire time in structured activities, but this is not so. In fact, we did one activity this week, and it was to follow up on the book we read. The rest of her time at home is hers, and she spends most of it reading while I catch up with office work or house work. When I do have time for her, I’d rather play tennis or go for a walk with her than to do “blog worthy” things. In general, I am trying to reduce time spent on my blog to leave more time for exercise. My husband and I made ourselves a present of FitBits for Easter, and now I am very diligent about making my 10,000 steps (or more) every day. I already lost 1 pound in the last 3 weeks getting closer to my goal of 125 lbs.

What My Child Is Reading

 Reading in the Evening
This section contains Amazon affiliate links, for full disclosure click here. Smarty is really enjoying Redwall series by Brian Jacques. This week she swallowed the third book from this series – Mattimeo. In addition she read several Amelia Notebook books, Ken Jennings’ Junior Genius Guide to Greek Mythology, and various books from our own library.

Favorite Memory of the Week

Local Park
Smarty to me: Mama, I am going to write to President Obama. I am going to tell him that America has to use the metric system. It makes so much more sense!

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Your Turn

How was your week?


Phyllis said...

The weeks are just flying by, aren't they?

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Too bad about Smarty's teacher change - but maybe the substitute will turn out to be a good fit, too.

Ticia said...

Hopefully it's a long-term sub, and not a constant change. Long-term subs can be good.

Jeff just got me a FitBit (after having one he got from work for a week) and it's been fun to see how many steps I get in. I haven't gotten 10,000 steps consistently yet, but I'm working on it.

sunflowerous said...

Hope substitute works out well for Smarty's classroom.