Saturday, September 24, 2016

Highlights of the Week

It's been a pretty busy week for me at work where I keep struggling with a very complex project which will never see an end and after work where I stepped in as a head coach of middle school math competition team. At least Smarty seems fully recovered from her cold and back to her usual cheerful and highly energetic self.


Smarty seems pretty settled in school by now. Being the youngest in class does not seem to bother her, but she complains that the boys fool around a lot. Basically, she would love for everyone to be as focused on the task as she is, but this is a pipe dream. I always observed in the classroom that Smarty is in distinct minority when it comes to ability to stay on task. It's always surprising to me how well she stays on task in school while at home she is a lot more likely to "fool around" or procrastinate until the last minute when she does apply a focused effort and completes something just before the deadline.

After School

After a big pushback from parents, the amount of homework sent home went from overwhelming to minuscular. After school classes did not quite kick in yet, so Smarty enjoyed a fair amount of downtime this week, which probably contributed to her cheerful mood. She did several different experiments with her crystal kit, had a rather contentious playdate with her best friend, and read a lot.

Places We Are Going

Last Sunday, we battled 100 degree heat to come to a benefit concert organized by parent volunteers at our new school to support our music program. These parents convinced several local bands to donate their time. Smarty's threshold for super loud environments seem to be about an hour. She wanted to go home then, and I dropped her back home and returned to watch the rest of it. The bands were rather good and we had great seats, because the advertising time for this event was rather short, and not too many people turned up. Better luck next time, I hope!

What My Child Is Reading

Disclosure: I am an Amazon affiliate, and this post contains Amazon affiliate links. A new friend at school loaned Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and Smarty raced through it during a couple of recesses. They had a heated debate afterwards which Harry Potter book is the best - Smarty still sticks with Deathly Hallows. At home she was mostly rereading books from her Kindle library including a rather lengthy Blackout by Connie Willis.

Best Memory of the Week

Smarty pretending to be a lost kitten here :) She is in The Odyssey of the Mind elective in school, and their final project will be to have a short play told from an animal's point of view. The skit evolved this week from a lost kitten to an escaped zoo tiger who tries to befriend humans :)

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maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I like Smarty's lost kitten face. Very emotive!

JL said...

You would be a great math head coach!

Ticia said...

Poor lost kitty.

You're gonna do great as the math coach!

I need to check and see how Superman is doing reading The Cursed Child. One of our local used bookstores was going out of business, so I bought mounds of books, and that has distracted him from the book now.