Saturday, May 20, 2017

Highlights of the Week

Last Sunday, I felt very spoiled with all Mother's Day gifts from Smarty and my husband. I am very lucky - she is a really sweet kid and can be very thoughtful and generous unless she is too preoccupied with whatever is happening in her head at the moment. I am looking forward to summer with her when we plan to spend quite a bit of time traveling together.


The last weeks of the school year are ticking away. Smarty was excited about their Greek Day on Friday. A family of her classmate is from Greece, and, since the kids are studying Ancient Greece in history, they treated kids to an authentic Greek lunch and taught them Greek dancing.

After School

Smarty was eagerly looking forward to a family dance in school. It was not a middle school event, it was open to all grades, so families could mingle and talk to each other. The theme was Ohana Dance, and we all enjoyed watching real hula dancers and even learning some hula dancing. The rest of her after school hours was filled with normal events - taekwondo practice, reading, choir. Sadly, she said that she won't be taking choir next year unless it becomes an elective class during school hours. While she enjoys singing, she feels too tired after school to drag herself to choir. It does not help that her PE class is her last period, and she is usually hot, thirsty, and tired after it.

What My Child Is Reading

Disclosure: I am an Amazon affiliate, and this post contains Amazon affiliate links. 
Smarty picked up Flying Lessons and Other Stories on the whim from the library and reread it several times. It's actually a collection of short stories from many well known authors and all stories are written through the eyes of middle school children and deal with some "heavy" topics such as exclusion or racism. Definitely worth a read for kids age 9 and up.

Favorite Memory of the Week

Smarty was thrilled on Friday to be able to meet her goal to run a mile under 9 minutes. In the beginning of the year, it was taking her over 12 minutes to run/walk a mile, but she always finished this exercise. She was steadily improving throughout the year, and managed to get under 9 minutes on a ridiculously hot day. I love it when she really pushes herself despite discomfort to prove something to herself and not to someone else.

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maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Smarty's under-9-minute mile is impressive!

Ticia said...

That is impressive! Good job on your mile run Smarty!

I love short story collections.