Saturday, November 21, 2015

Highlights of the Week

Sunset
It was a beautiful fall week here in Silicon Valley with chilly mornings, warm days, and gorgeous sunsets. Smarty and Papa returned from their travels safely, but with a five hour delay in Dallas where their flight was stuck on the ground because of bad weather and crew curfews. They were only home at 2:30 am on Tuesday, so we kept Smarty home for an extra day. I am certainly happy to have my entire family back together again.

School

StoryTelling
Smarty jumped back into her school life without missing a beat. She admitted that she did not miss school while she was gone, but she was happy to reunite with her friends. We had a parent teacher conference on Thursday, which was… OK. I will write more about it in Monday post. In the meantime, we are all very happy to enter a week of Thanksgiving school break, and Smarty is eagerly looking forward to a visit of her grandparents next week.

After School

Chess
Interestingly, Smarty returned from her vacation with a renewed interest in chess, because she played some Dino Chess on her iPad while she was on the road. What I like is that she has a better attitude to losing. She also asked me to sign her up for chess classes for the next round of after school classes that will start in December.

What My Child Is Reading

Brain-Games
Disclosure: This section contains Amazon Affiliate links, for full disclosure, please click here. While she was away, Smarty raced through 8 books (I kid you not!) of Artemis Fowl series.  On Thursday, we made it to the library and Smarty made good on her “academic goal” to read more non-fiction books. I have no idea why she picked such a goal, because she reads non-fiction all the time, she just does not choose those books for AR tests. Anyway, she loaded up on non-fiction including several National Geographic Kids titles, Bodypedia, Brain Games, and Myths Busted! 2.

Favorite Memory of the Week

Nothing beats meeting again even after a short vacation break. Smarty was just glowing with love and happiness. I love her sweet nature and her zest for life.

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3 comments:

Ticia said...

Huh, there were books in the Artemis Fowl series I didn't know about. I read the first one while on my honeymoon.

Oh, and I'm amused at the recent trend of having a week off for Thanksgiving, our local school districts are also doing this.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Dino Chess looks like something Johnny would really enjoy. I may have to put that on our iPad at some point. Right now it is only used for music lessons.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Glad you're all back together again 😀