Highlights of the Week
It is still very warm here, and we are trying to enjoy this last (hopefully!) heat wave of fall. I’ve been a bit preoccupied this week with work events that went from bad to insane to almost comical, but, after all, work is work and life is life. In the meantime, Smarty is enjoying her last week as an 8 year old. My husband had to take her to the orthodontist this week, because her braces somehow ended up very bent, and she got the next set of wires. The treatment works well, and she is being pretty conscientious about brushing.
Highlight of school week was a Crazy Hair Day on Friday. Smarty actually got up 15 minutes earlier and did her crazy hairdo entirely on her own. Her theme was I rolled over a flower hiill, and I think she pulled it off well. I used to really worry about her writing skills, but they definitely matured now, and writing is her favorite subject this year. A lot of reading is incorporated into social studies nowadays, and they are still learning about geology of California. Next week they will be doing relief maps of our Golden State.
This week Smarty took her first real “live” online class with Gifted and Talented Stanford program. The class was based on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets book by J.K. Rowling and talked about proportions through potion making exercises. I thought that it was rather simple (and Smarty agreed), but she immensely enjoyed being able to interact to other kids in a chat room. She called this class (that conveniently happened at 5 pm, after her other extracurricular activities) a highlight of this week. She wants to take another class now (the next scheduled class is in ELA about Sil Sivlerstein’s poetry). Perhaps taking these classes will prompt her to practice her typing more often and type faster.
What My Child Is Reading
We didn’t make it to the library this week, but Smarty used her AR rewards to buy 3 new books from “AR store” in her school library. I was surprised with how different her choices were – one of My Dear Dumb Diaries books by Jim Benton, Winter According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney that I think was released after she was through with all other books from this series, and Stepping on the Cracks by Mary Downing Hahn - a book about events happening during WWII. I am glad that she is slowly venturing out of fantasy worlds into other genres.
Best Memory of the Week
Next Friday, our school has its traditional Monster Boogie Bash. After years of going as a witch, our daughter decided to be a pirate this year. She rejected this outfit as “too girly” at first but eventually warmed up to it. She thinks she looks fearsome!