Highlights of the Week
We enjoyed a few good weather days this week before winter rains came again. I am glad that Smarty at least has her taekwondo classes to get some wiggles out, because we are not used to spending this much time inside. We all like watching how our new deck is coming together and how skillful our deck builder is with his materials and tools. It's quite fascinating that he can pull off this project working by himself without any help. One major highlight of the week was taking Smarty on Martin Luther King day to see Hidden Figures movie - we both enjoyed it a lot, and I strongly recommend it to everyone, especially to girls interested in STEM subjects.
It was a mid-year benchmark testing week in school when middle schoolers had a computer-administered test both in math and in language. I am very curious to see what the results will look like, since we have a pretty abysmal situation with math instruction this year. I am not worried about Smarty not passing 6th grade math - I know that she is perfectly able to meet and exceed standards, but I am worried about 100 other kids who did not get taught properly and who might have to carry this delay (on top of delays they already had previously) further into their school journey. In the positive news, our administration is trying to remedy situation with another, more experienced, math teacher just joining part time to support small group instruction and math differentiation. I am very interested to see how this will look like in practical terms.
Smarty made a new resolution of having two hours a day (from 4:30 to 6:30 pm) when she will not read or play on the computer. Suddenly, she has more than enough time for her homework, building with LEGO or helping around the house. She is also working on a special engineering kit to give to her best friend for his birthday this weekend.
Places We Are Going
Last weekend, Smarty had a fun financial literacy seminar with our local organization for gifted kids. She came home all fired up about saving and investing but she did not really follow up on any of her grand plans yet. This is one big problem with our little dreamer - lack of follow through... After the seminar, we enjoyed a nice walk on a local trail.
What My Child Is Reading
Disclosure: I am an Amazon affiliate, and this post contains Amazon affiliate links. We finally made it to the library on Saturday, and Smarty was "lost to the world" for much of the weekend enjoying all the new books. She was happy to get a sequel to the Escape from Mr. Lemoncello Library by Chris Grabenstein called Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics. She also read a few other books on very different topics:
Favorite Memory This Week
Looking at the pictures in this post, Smarty is wearing the same outfit even though the pictures were not taken on the same day. It always cracks me up when she gets attached to a specific outfit and I have to practically peel it off her to send it to the laundry!
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How was your week?