Saturday, August 22, 2015

Highlights of the Week

Summer is over! On Thursday, Smarty headed back to the classroom. She is excited to be in class with the teacher that she liked best during last spring’s Open House and with three of her best friends. We are somewhat disappointed that this year gifted cluster kids were not kept together, but Smarty’s classroom has several new kids who were not in our school last year – perhaps some of them are also in GATE. Interestingly, Smarty is thinking a lot more about her social standing and making friends this year than about what she is going to do in the classroom. She seems supremely confident that she will do just fine with all 4th grade subjects.

Last Days of Summer

Since school started mid-week, I took a few days off. Smarty and I took it easy. I was catching up with some reorganization projects, while she was on a binge reading spree (see below). But we also had a great kindergarten reunion with our fantastic K teacher. Smarty was in K-1 class in her first year of school where she had 9 kindergarten peers and 15 first graders. All of her kindergarten friends are still in the same school, and most of them came to the reunion. Parents had a chance to catch up while kids played and danced. It was a lot of fun, and it’s good that Smarty will share a classroom with 4 other former kindergarten buddies this year.

Places We Are Going

On Tuesday both my husband and I were off, and we went on a family trip to the Oakland Zoo – it was on our “to go” list this summer. I admit that we are a bit “spoiled” when it comes to zoos – we have visited San Diego Zoo twice,  and my husband and Smarty visit Busch Gardens in Florida every fall. But smaller zoos, like the Oakland Zoo allow to focus more attention on the animals they do have. The giraffe exhibit was very good, and we also watched very active gibbon and baboon monkeys.

What My Child Is Reading

This section contains Amazon affiliate links, for full disclosure please click here. On Wednesday, we received a new book of my blog buddy Asia Citro for review. Smarty was super excited about this book, especially since it contains a lot of experiments we tried already. But she was not up for doing one this week, since she is racing through Septimus Heap books by Angie Sage. They are big books, but she swallowed three of them in three days before school – no wonder that she had little time for anything else!

Best Memory of the Week

This is one of “outtakes” of our “start of school year picture”. I love this one, because it captures a goofy side of our Smarty perfectly.

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Ticia said...

That is a pretty awesome picture for the outtake. I've heard of, but haven't read Septimus Heap.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I also love that outtake photo! I requested the first Septimus Heap book for Emma - thanks for the recommendation.

We are reading that same science book from Asia Citro - lots of fun ideas in it!

My three older kids started school mid-week too, and so far they seem to like their teachers. Fingers crossed that this is a good year for everyone! I have a feeling that Smarty is right that she will be fine academically this year without much effort.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I can't believe it's 4th grade already. The outtake photo is great!