Saturday, August 27, 2016

Highlights of the Week

It was the first full week of school, and we are off to a good start. My husband was traveling for work Monday through Wednesday, and we survived early morning routine just fine. It helped that we "compressed" our mornings to 30 minutes, which gives Smarty extra 30 minutes of sleep. Smarty is more aware of the time limit and therefore more focused on each step of her morning routine. We are going to keep it that way and see how it goes.


Smarty continues to enjoy her classes. This week they started on "real things" with first pre-tests in math and language. In social studies, the first unit is about geography of early human settlements, and in the STEAM class (which is a separate subject that is taught 3 times a week), kids started on their first project - making Cubees with an emphasis on precision cutting and gluing. Wow, I already see the subject that Smarty will find hard :)

After School

Smarty is still adjusting to new demands of her school schedule and especially to homework. She does not mind homework, but she is used to being able to do it all under 15 minutes. Well, middle school homework assignments require more time and more effort, so she will have to readjust. However, she is very keen on cooking independently lately, and I was impressed that she did not just talk about making her own lunches, but actually set about making them. This week, she made chicken and rice dish that lasted her 3 lunches and finished up the week by making herself pancakes to take to school as "breakfast for lunch".
In addition, Smarty was getting together every evening with another 6th grade girl who lives on our street and is also going to the same school. They either play board games at our place or jump on I's trampoline at her house. Too bad that Smarty and I did not end up in the same class, but it's great that they are spending time together outside of school.

What My Child Is Reading

Disclosure: I am an Amazon affiliate, and this section contains Amazon affiliate links. Smarty found another best book in the world this week - The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen. My husband also read it and said that it's pretty good. Smarty is now reading the second book in this trilogy.

Best Memory of the Week

Smarty to me, We started early humans history today. First we watched The Flinstones and discussed historic errors in it. Imagine, the Flinstones were supposed to live at the dinosaurs' time. This is hilarious!
Me: Do you know that there might be kids in your class that believe that the Earth is just over 6,000 years old? It's called "Young Earth Theory" based on some passages in the Bible.
Smarty: No kid of my age can possibly believe this! This is maybe what people thought in the Middle Ages, but no way somebody is still believing this.

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How was your week?


Phyllis Bergenholtz said...

Sounds like it was a busy week for her, but that she is up for the challenge.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I am very impressed with Smarty's cooking! Emma loves the kitchen, but so far she is mainly interested in baking.

JL said...

Our local middle school has a homework policy that says they should only get 1-2 hours of homework a night. I know one parent who is very happy about it because her child had more homework in elementary school than middle school!

It sounds like she's off to a great start!

Btw, I never heard about the Young Earth Theory until I saw the Bill Nye's debate. I didn't like the way he handled it but it was bizarre they even have a museum about it.

Ticia said...

The False Prince sounds interesting to me, I'll have to check it out.

Making Cubees would drive my boys nuts.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

We had to deal with a Sunday school teacher(and good friend of ours) telling our youngest, that unicorns and dragons (Old King James version) are in the Bible, and might likely have been real creatures that were the basis for myth. That was a fun conversation, too. You should check out Ken Ham's Answer's in Genesis site with Smarty. She might find it interesting to see how they use science to back the young earth claims. It's not always convincing - but it's interesting to see where the are going with it. We teach both - so hopefully the children won't be blind-sided by either. Interestingly enough - T's Bible college profs teach old earth - and find no contradiction with the Bible.

Glad the first week of school went well!