Saturday, May 2, 2015

Highlights of the Week

This was a HOT week! According to the radio, the temperatures are 10-13 degrees over average for this time of the year. We seem to be heading towards another very hot and dry summer here in California. Despite the heat, we still picked up Smarty from school by foot – we usually walk 1 mile distance to school and back even if it’s pouring outside. Our best friends came over for dinner last Sunday, and Smarty had a great time playing with their son who conveniently doesn’t mind to be bossed around by “an older girl with experience”. In less positive news, we had a visit to an orthodontist, because we were referred by Smarty’s dentist, and apparently Smarty needs early orthodontic work. Her jaw is too small, and this causes some teeth and gum issues that need to be corrected sooner rather than later. We still have a few questions to clarify with this office before we commit to it, but it looks like Smarty will start on the orthodontics road this summer.


It was the first testing week. As we expected, this computer-based testing was not without its glitches. On Thursday, we got a letter from our teacher that said, “I just wanted to take a minute to tell you all how proud I am of your children!!  They persevered through a FULL morning of testing and really used their lifeskill of patience, as it took upwards of an hour just to get everyone on the testing site.  They were amazing through it all and held it together.  If that wasn't enough, they continued to want to keep working through their own recess and stay focused on their assignment.  They went out to recess with the 4th and 5th graders, which was a fun treat!” Smarty takes all this in stride and maintains that testing is fun. I bet though that the teachers are as frustrated as most students :)

After School

Learning-to-CookI am trying to add more vegetables to our diet while also teaching Smarty to cook. This week we made two new dishes – South Indian Style Vegetable Curry, which everyone approved, and Chicken in Coconut Milk, which was acceptable. Smarty learned how to make rice in a rice cooker entirely on her own, now it’s on to actual main dishes :)

What My Child Is Reading

. WMCIR_Apr30This section contains Amazon affiliate links, for full disclosure click here. Last Saturday I went to the library book sale. Unfortunately, the selection was much smaller than in prior visits, but I picked up books 2-6 from 39 Clues series (we already had #1). Smarty devoured all of them in a matter of days, and then moved further in the series, because we are taking advantage of Kindle lending library  provided by our local library. It’s so convenient to be able to borrow Kindle books 24x7, and the selection is pretty good. If you have an eReader, I certainly recommend checking to see if your library lends eBooks.

Favorite Memory of the Week

RosesSmarty: In the Language Arts test we were supposed to write a three paragraph opinion essay on whether we would like to visit a cold island or a tropical island. I chose to write about a cold island, because it seems more exotic to me. And, since cold islands cannot be farmed, I won’t have to eat as many vegetables!

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Phyllis said...

She sure is growing up!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Kindle books from the library are a wonderful convenience! Glad to hear Smarty is enjoying the testing - we have friends in Oregon who are dreading the new tests...maybe this will give them some hope :)

Ticia said...

Ugh to testing.

Princess needs a younger kid who doesn't mind being bossed around.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

That is a great quote! I was relieved that Emma didn't seem to mind the testing too much. It definitely helped that she didn't have homework!