Highlights of the Week
I cannot believe it's October already. First 6 weeks of school flew in a blink of an eye. So far the year is going very well for Smarty, and she is enjoying school, something that we were really hoping for while making a hard decision to accelerate her. In September, she lost her braces and got a retainer instead. She is very responsible about her retainer, and I am very proud of how she never put up a fuss about the need for it. She is really looking forward to her upcoming birthday and plans to have a birthday party at home with a theme that reflects her deepest interest - space.
School is going well for Smarty. They finally started science labs, which were delayed by a month, because of some problems with access to online curriculum. Smarty finds school work challenging but doable. She does have certain challenges with organization - for example, she managed to discard her math homework while emptying her folders. We are trying to encourage her to look at each incident as a learning opportunities and do better in the future. Not surprisingly, Smarty's least favorite subject is PE as she finds it hard to keep up physically with kids who are one to two years older, but she is trying her best.
We closed our swimming season this week, which was bittersweet. Smarty loves the pool when we can drag her there. The reason she resists is because she does not like having to wash her hair afterwards. We also enjoyed the last relatively relaxed week - next week Smarty is adding several afterschool activities to her calendar including choir, persuasive speech, and a 4 week leadership course.
Places We Are Going
Last week, Smarty took a very fun Static Electricity class offered through our organization for gifted kids Lyceum of Santa Clara Valley. Kids had access to drills and other tools to build their own static electricity generator. Next week, they will be soldering to make an electromagnetically charged flashlight! Smarty loved the class, especially the pat where they could play with various static electricity generators and shock each other with Leiden jars.
What My Child Is Reading
Favorite Memory of the Week
Smarty to me: My preference for math would be to just go at my speed through Khan Academy and Art of Problem Solving.
Me: How much math would you like to take in middle school then?
Smarty: All high school classes. I want to take college math in high school?
Me: Umm... I think you would be still too young for them.
Smarty: Why? I will be 12 years old by then!
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How was your week?