Saturday, November 19, 2016

Highlights of the Week

This week, we enjoyed the last warm days of Indian summer before our weather suddenly flipped to bitter cold (well, for our area anyway). On Wednesday, Smarty and her Papa flew to Florida to spend some time with her German aunt and uncle. They are staying in Naples and will do their usual yearly trip to the Busch Gardens that Smarty quite enjoys. They will be back on Tuesday night, just in time for Thanksgiving with my parents.


This Tuesday, 20 middle schoolers from our school took part in AMC8, a well known math contest organized by Mathematical Association of America. This contest is designed to include all middle schoolers between grades 5 and grades 8, so usually older kids have an advantage of more experience. We will only know official results by mid December, but I think Smarty did well enough to be one of the top three scorers in her school and to be added to the Achievement list of 6th grade students who scored over 16 out of 25 points. She continues to be interested in math and currently works on Khan Academy curriculum switching between 7th and 8th grade problems.

After School

Smarty got her Christmas present early - we signed her up for taekwondo! Our friends gave her a gift certificate for a trial class for her birthday, and she loved it so much that she was begging us to switch from gymnastics to martial arts. She already had her first lesson and received her white belt - she can't wait to start practicing and moving up the ranks. I think this sport would be great for her as it promotes both body awareness and mental discipline.

What My Child Is Reading

Disclosure: I am an Amazon associate, and this section contains Amazon affiliate links. I commented last week how Smarty is reading less than usual lately. Well, she "rebounded" this past weekend and raced through several library books including a new(ish) Rick Riordan's book, The Trials of Apollo. She was delighted to be reunited with some major characters from Percy Jackson series. Since I also read all previous Rick Riordan's books, I decided to give this one a chance. So far I am enjoying it - he took time to set up the story and develop his new characters before plunging into action. I just really hope that he will continue some character development in the future books from this new series, but now Smarty can't wait for May when the second book is going to come out.

Places We Are Going

Last Sunday, Smarty took a fun class with Lyceum on silk painting. She painted a small handkerchief and a suncatcher. 

Favorite Memory of the Week

Smarty to me, People keep asking me if I am really in middle school. I know, it's easier for me to pass for a 7 year old than even for a 10 year old, even though I am really 10!

Your Turn

How was your week?


JL said...
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Ticia said...

Princess struggles with the grade level comments too.

The silk painting project looks cool.