Highlights of the Week
Whoa, is it October already? This week has been busy! Our daughter was mildly sick with cold last week. She got over it the next day and did not even miss school, but both of us, on the other hand, have a full blown cold! It does not help that I don’t have time now to be sick, as things are very busy at work. Luckily, we don’t really have to entertain daughter much these days. She is in all kinds afterschool activities until 4 or 4:30 pm every day, then she comes home and disappears with a book. At least we make a point to go outside in the evenings and she started to go out and play more often with new kids across from street.
Smarty is settled in school by now. There are things that she enjoys more than others – she likes writing and social studies this year. She has an advanced reading group for her “book club” – her GATE group is now reading and discussing Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (Amazon affiliate link). We got her results from California Common Core tests last year – yes, it took 4 months to get them back. She had maximum score both in math and in language arts, which was funny, since I thought these maximum score were more like “ideal temperature” – not really possible in real life. We celebrated by taking her out for dinner to her favorite Japanese restaurants. She also received a gift certificate and a special recognition during a school assembly on Friday for being the first reader to reach level 7 in AR program this year.
We had some pleasant times hanging out with friends last weekend. Smarty is pretty social… at least with the right kids, and it’s always exciting to see her fully engaged in play. Speaking of play, Peter Pan rehearsals are going well, and the performances are less than a month away! Smarty is super excited about the play this year.
What My Child Is Reading
This section contains Amazon affiliate links, for full disclosure, please click here. Smarty got a lot of new books through school, class, and public libraries this week. She really enjoyed several graphic novels of Oz stores by Frank Baum, reinterprered by Eric Shanower. She also read two stories from School of Fear series by Gitti Daneshvari. It amused me, because just a couple of years ago Smarty would have never picked up a book with such a title. She is certainly growing up, and it’s interesting to see how her reading interests change over time.