Highlights of the Week
This week, I had a big review of my project at work. It went relatively well, and I am now waiting to see if there is money available to do what needs to be done. In less positive news, we have found out that this year my husband, who is self-employed, misjudged his quarterly tax deduction, and so we owe quite a lot to IRS. Luckily, we have funds, but it was a nasty surprise as we expected a refund, not a big bill.
Overall, Smarty is quite happy at school, but we had an interesting exchange this week about social studies. She says that social studies are boring. I have not seen her textbook, but from what she described to me it does seem dry. She asked a logical question, Who cares in which year which parts of California moved from Mexican rule to US rule? When will I need it in life? It's a valid question, and I am very interested to hear how my readers answer similar questions at home.
Smarty is keen on not "breaking her streak" on Khan Academy. She is doing it for 2 months in a row now without missing a day. She just officially finished 5th grade math curriculum there, declared pre-algebra "too boring" and plunged boldly into "algebra basics". In parallel, she is working on 6th grade curriculum and currently about 50% done there with her personal goal to finish 6th grade before summer break.
Places We Are Going
Smarty got lucky this week. Her best friend's Mom had an extra ticket to a very special event at San Francisco symphony and invited Smarty to come. The program was specifically designed for kids, and they got a chance to go backstage and try different instruments. Smarty was disappointed that they did not have trumpets, but she got a chance to try a clarinet, a violin, and a cello. She, however, remains loyal to her trumpet, and she even composed her own short solo for it. While Smarty was gone to the Symphony, my husband and I finally got to see Star Wars: Force Awakens in the movie theater. Better late than never!
What My Child Is Reading
Disclosure: I am an Amazon affiliate, and this post contains Amazon affiliate links. Smarty spent a lot of time this week reading through her new "most favorite" series - Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan. Another interesting choice was John, Paul. George and Ben - a "tongue-in-cheek" take by Lane Smith on well known figures of American revolution.
Favorite Memory of the Week
Smarty asked to teach her how to make coffee and took over coffee making duties. She explained that she would rather do something she is not asked to do than something we ask her to do. Lesson learned :)
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How was your week?