Saturday, March 4, 2017

Highlights of the Week

We had a nice spring weather this week - clear skies, cool mornings, warm days, blooming flowers. Our landscaping project was progressing nicely this week, and we are hoping to be done by the next weekend. We all survived the first week back to school - always a bit of a challenge after a break. Most importantly, we are all back to being healthy and can enjoy this spring weather so much more.

School

This week I had some hard conversations with Smarty about the level of effort she is putting into her work. Her grades are still good, but she got only 21 out of 25 questions correct on her end of unit math test, because she was rushing and not checking her work. She also forgot to turn in her work several times. This is concerning to me, because I feel that she is "cruising" now, comfortable in her new environment and starting to see that she can be one of the best in her class without trying too hard. I almost wish she would actually fail something to get jolted back to reality, but so far the teachers have not given any real consequences for late work (well, maybe 5 points off the grade, but usually it still earns her an A).

After School


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We are making some changes in Smarty's after school schedule - she wanted to go to earlier, less crowded, taekwondo classes. Unfortunately, this change only makes her March schedule more complex, but she will get more free time once April rolls around. She spends most of her free time reading, but she was excited to try out her new Lip Balm Lab and whip out some lip balms for everyone. Her Dad even helped her design a small lip balm container and printed a few of them on our 3D printer.

What My Child Is Reading

Smarty did not share her opinions about any of her current reads with me, but these are some of the library books that she was reading (or rereading) this week:

Best Memory This Week

It's my favorite time of the year when many trees burst out in pretty blooms. While it felt that it was a hard week, with some arguments at work and at home, I made a point to stop and take in a beauty of the world around us. While I enjoyed these gorgeous colors of spring, I reminded myself that my time with my little Smarty is drawing to an end and that I have to embrace this journey into tween and teen years by providing both love and support to her while treasuring moments of closeness when they occur.

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2 comments:

Phyllis Bergenholtz said...

Is that a Plum tree? I think Plum blossoms are so pretty. It must be frustrating to see her get into bad habits and not get the support from her teachers in changing them.

Ticia said...

I agree about this time of year being awesome. I love to drive down the road here in Austin and see all of the bluebonnets that line the side of the road.