Saturday, August 6, 2016

Highlights of the Week

It was our first full week back home and at work after three weeks of travel. Smarty is settling back in her room and is happy to be reunited with her bed and her books. We got her state academic test results this week. California uses SBAC testing and yet again she maxed out both on math and on ELA portions of the test. Well done, Smarty :) Our first week back at work was hectic but not over the top crazy, and we are looking forward to a picnic with families going to our new school later today.

Summer Learning and Fun

It was the last camp week for Smarty. She went to the camp that was new to her, Steve and Kate. Her best friend was there with her, but they did not actually spend much time together as the camp is very choice-driven. There are multiple studios (bread baking, Style Studio, stop-motion animation, dancing, coding, etc.), and kids have a free choice of activities most of the day. Unexpectedly, Smarty really took to a sewing machine in the camp - at home she had never had any interest in it. Here she is modeling a hat she has made - originally it was supposed to be a bag, but something went wrong with her design, so she improvised. She also made a skirt for herself - unfortunately, she lost it next day when she took it back for modifications.

What My Child Is Reading

We did not make it to the library this week, so Smarty was re-reading her various favorites from her Kindle and home collections. I can see Septimus Heap book on her Kindle and one of Ranger Apprentice books on the floor - those are two series that she is reading over and over and over again this summer, just as she read Harry Potter a couple of summers back and then Warriors series last summer.

Best Memory of the Week

I did not photograph Smarty's baking creations, because they were half eaten by the time she brought them home from camp, but she really enjoyed trying to bake different things - savory garlic bread, sweet banana bread, an apple pie, and "sourdough" bread with a lot of salt in it. It's neat that her camp allowed her experiment with baking without her having to do boring parts - set up and clean up. Unfortunately for her, things do not work quite that way at home ;)

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maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I would love to hear what you thought of the Steve and Kate camp as that is one that has intrigued me...

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

The camp sounds great!

Ticia said...

My kids would love to do all the baking and cooking without having to do any clean up.