Highlights of the WeekAs the school year draws to a close, the weeks are getting busier with special events in school, but we are coping with it. We had cool weather all week, which was perfect for my May goal of walking to school and playing tennis as often as possible. We’re lucky to live within 5 min walk from a public tennis court, so we can play for free. It’s also great that I don’t have to drag Smarty to the court – she is eagerly looking forward to our tennis practice. That reminds me a little of her behavior when she was learning to read – a lot of resistance when it was hard, but then great enthusiasm when she felt herself progressing. Hopefully, she will internalize these experiences of practicing, getting over the hump, and improving for other skills she will want to learn down the road.
On Monday, we had a district GATE night where students had a chance to do several fun experiments with the theme of air. Everyone had a blast even though the event was relatively late in the day and kids were tired. There were traditional favorites – make a wind measurement instrument out of paper, craft stick harmonica, hovercraft with a CD disk. Smarty’s favorite was making smoke circles – I might describe that experiment in a separate post, but it requires a special equipment (a fog machine).
On Tuesday, we met with our interim principal, who happens to be Smarty’s teacher of third grade, to talk a bit about fourth grade. We are asking to accelerate Smarty in math or to let her do Stanford EPGY math instead of classroom 4th grade math that she tested out of early last year. We didn’t press for it as much this year, because Mrs L. used a lot of tricks to engage Smarty during math classes and I felt that our 8 year old is going deeper into topics she already knows during her time in the classroom. Mostly, we also hope that Smarty will be placed with a teacher who will have high expectations in organizational skills, since this is Smarty’s weakness and it would be good for her to actually rise to these expectations.
We didn’t have a lot of time for additional after school activities, but this week I could see Smarty showing off some of her gymnastics skills during an Open House that her gymnastics school hosted for prospective participants. Smarty barely ever practices any moves at home, but apparently she is enjoying herself now in gymnastics and even expressed desire to do it more than once a week. I said “no” to this request, since our after school is busy enough as is.
Places We Are GoingOn Sunday, we went to SF Bay Area Maker’s Faire. It was our second year and overall we enjoyed it less, because it was even more crowded than last year, and anything that Smarty was considering to buy (including food) was quite expensive – like $6 popcorn. I sort of feel that Bay Area Maker’s Faire is trying to be all things to all people and cannot successfully support the number of people that visit it. Still, there were some highlights that we all enjoyed – a smoke cannon, giant bubbles, and a couple of projects that Smarty was interested in trying to replicate at home.
What My Child Is Reading
This section contains Amazon affiliate links, for full disclosure click here. Our entire family read Tuesdays at the Castle last week and enjoyed it so much that we bought the sequel, Wednesdays in the Tower, on Kindle. Of course, Smarty already swallowed it and went back to rereading The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan.
Favorite Memory of the Week
I got it from school. This is so Smarty in every possible way :)