Saturday, March 26, 2016

Highlights of the Week

It was the last week of a winter term for Smarty. She started her spring break a week earlier, because she is flying to Germany with Papa on Sunday. I will miss them, but I know that they will enjoy their time together and seeing friends and family. In the meantime, I will be decluttering the house. I threatened Smarty that she would not find many of her "special objects" on her eturn unless she finds place for them in the next two days.


School was rather uneventful this week. I was commenting to my husband that it's really hard to tell what the kids are doing all day when Smarty does not feel like talking about school. For some reason school sends nothing home this year. However, Smarty brought some worksheets home as an independent study assignment for the week that she is missing on her trip to Germany. Some of vocabulary worksheets were quite interesting, for example, a thinking task that had the following question among several others, What do avocado and a waffle have in common? 

After School

Smarty had several meetings with her best friend to work on their join science fair project. Listening to them not being able to agree on much of anything, I am kind of glad that they will not be in school together next year. Perhaps Smarty can experience that friendship does not have to involve constant power struggle and a battle of wits. Still, I know it's going to be hard for these two to be separated next year, so both her best friend's Mom and I are trying to give them as much time together this year as they want. Unfortunately, we do not live too close, so we still need to coordinate these meetings between adults.

Places We Are Going

Last Sunday, Smarty took another seminar with our local community for gifted kids, Lyceum. This time the speaker was from SpaceX company, and the topic was Who Wants to Go to Mars. Unfortunately, it was a lecture about rocket engines and not a hands-on activity. By the end of 90 minute presentation many kids in the audience including Smarty were ready to climb the walls. I personally found it rather interesting, but I have more background knowledge to appreciate what SpaceX is trying to do.

What My Child Is Reading

Disclosure: I am an Amazon affiliate, and this section contains Amazon affiliate links. Smarty has finally "swallowed whole" Ranger Apprentice series by John Flanagan. It must be a great series, because Smarty cannot stop talking about it. Their next book for a book club in school is The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo.

Favorite Memory of the Week

Smarty loves her scooter! Almost every evening she gets together with a friend who lives a couple of houses down to practice "tricks". It's fun to see her so confident (and a little cocky) and so in control of her body. Gymnastics classes are definitely paying off in balance and core body strength.

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Ticia said...

We just finished reading/watching The Tale of Despereaux here. My kids all really enjoyed it.

We saw a short presentation by SpaceX last year at Space Day on the Capital, it was pretty cool.