Saturday, September 9, 2017

Highlights of the Week

We enjoyed having a short week and a chance to sleep in during the long weekend. Last week, Smarty got her first school year's sniffles, but she got over them in 2 days. I, on the other hand, got hit harder and feel stuffed, stiff, and grumpy for several days now. Smarty also had a lot of grumpy moments this week adjusting to all the demands of after school activities, homework, and earlier wake up times. She also lost another tooth and now looks even younger, which, I think, stresses her out a little - she wants to be equal to her older classmates and, for the first time ever, we see her more interested in "being a normal kid". My guess is that Smarty is slowly entering the minefield of adolescence.

School

We had our back-to-school night this Wednesday. It was a bit like speed dating, 12 minutes with each teacher, since Smarty has 6 different teachers this year - math, science, ELA/history, music, PE, and Maker's Lab. Her three core teachers are new to school, but they all appear competent and enthusiastic about their subjects. Smarty enjoys each of her classes, especially ELA and history where she is learning to read Old English. They will be reading some Shakespeare works later in the year.

After School

Smarty was on pins and needles waiting to find out which role she is going to get in her school musical of this year. The play is Little Mermaid, and she will yet again be an evil sidekick - Flotsam, Ursula's pet eel. She is happy about the role, because it involves enough time on the stage, and I am happy, because the role is not too big for her and learning it would not really interfere with her other activities and with her free time. Speaking of free time, Smarty knows that she needs more sensory activities to relax and unwind, so this week we were trying to get more of them in during better (i.e. less busy) days.

What My Child Is Reading


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Smarty has commented that her ELA teacher "has cool books" in her classroom. She keeps borrowing books from her. I thought that The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a bit early for her, but she enjoyed it thoroughly and is currently reading sequels on her Kindle. I think her teacher is a bit taken aback with her reading speed - Smarty borrowed The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy in the morning and returned it to her in the afternoon - she spent her lunch recess and part of Little Mermaid rehearsal racing through it.

Favorite Memory of the Week 

On Monday, our friend invited us to her neighborhood's Labor Day block party. Smarty first complained that there was nothing to do, but then she volunteered to man a face painting station and spent at least three hours happily painting faces or hands of younger kids. I love watching how responsible and gentle she can be with younger kiddos, and I keep wishing that she had more chances to take a role of an older child rather than always be the youngest.

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2 comments:

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I think it has to be hard to be the youngest as Smarty always is. My Anna really enjoys being around babies and toddlers - it's a similar situation for her at home, being three years younger than the next-oldest sibling.

Sensory activities help my kids a lot. I hope Smarty does have a great year!

Ticia said...

I LOVE Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, it is so much fun.