Highlights of the Week
We have survived our first full week of being back in school. Smarty is in good spirits and settles back in the routine of her school and after school responsibilities. We had a visit to her orthodontist this week - she is genetically missing a couple of teeth, and one of her baby teeth that does not have a permanent tooth behind it recently fell out. Her orthodontist explained that she will have to have a gap until all her teeth change and fully grow in. At that point he will decide on whether to close the gap with other teeth or to put in an implant. Considering Smarty's general tendency to grow slowly, it means at least 2-3 years down the road - that's when she will get her second (and hopefully, final) set of braces.
So far Smarty is loving everything about seventh grade. Homework has been very minimal, and she completes it under 10 minutes. Her teachers are all great, according to her. The only thing that she is annoyed about is that her music elective is basically a repetition of what they already learned in the 6th grade, because this class has both 6 and 7 graders. I am going to ask at a Back-to-School night whether there will be some sort of differentiation going forward.
Smarty's Tuesdays and Thursdays are going to be brutal in fall. She is auditioning for the school musical where everyone who auditions get a part. Theater program runs until 4:45 pm, then she comes home, unwinds a little and catches up with homework as needed, has dinner at 6 pm and leaves for almost 90 minutes of taekwondo practice. Needless to say, she sleeps very well on those days with no arguments about staying up later :) On other days, she has more time to hang out in her room, read and work on projects. Her schedule is busy, but still not as busy as some of her classmates who juggle sports, music, and a busy social life on top of their homework and chores.
What My Child Is Reading
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We made it to the library this week, and Smarty loaded up on some new books. Her favorite was Mousenet by Prudence Breitrose. She called it the most excellent book - the highest praise she gives to books :)