Saturday, March 12, 2016

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.

After School

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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JL said...

I thought that part of American history was fascinating especially since people are acting like we've owned this land from the very beginning. Perhaps she would be interested in how Polk's presidency affected western expansion of the U.S. and the effects on Mexicans and Native Americans and how that relates to the present day politics.

Phyllis said...

I found that sort of thing ine of the hardest parts when mine were in public school. I don't have an answer for you, I'm afraid. Her comment about the coffee making was something to think about.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

We had that tax problem for our 2014 taxes - not fun.

I am impressed with Smarty's Khan Academy streak! Emma does it sporadically.

Emma has thoroughly enjoyed history and social studies this year, but I get the impression that her teacher does a lot of custom-created material for her class.

Ticia said...

Learning history explains how we got to where we are. Looking at national history, if you look at what happened in the Civil War, it very much explains the last 100 years of our history.

I'm so rusty on California history, that I couldn't give a good explanation as to why what she's learning is relevant. But, I can almost guarantee you what she is learning right now helps explain some of what California is like now.

She might be interested in the TV show "How the States got Their Shapes," it used to be on Netflix streaming, but it's available to buy on Amazon. It's a fun way to see how history effects our current maps and laws.