We have decided to undertake yet another home improvement project before fall settles in. We had a small leak in the wall of our garage, and that led us to "embrace" the project of re-piping our house with copper pipes. Supposedly, the company we are contracting with can do it in 3 days and restore water every evening. Fingers crossed that it will all go as expected in mid October.
Smarty seems happy in school most of the time, but sometimes she complains that the teachers are "unfair". Her school uses group management techniques when the whole class or group get "dinged" when a group of students or an individual student does something wrong. I understand that the idea here is to use peer pressure to modify behavior, but Smarty keeps saying that it does not work and that the same students do the same things again. Frankly, it's hard for me to argue with her on that point - it seems that individual responsibility is not "in fashion" today, replaced by focus on team building. I wonder if there is a middle ground to be found between these two approaches.
After SchoolThis week, Smarty spent a lot of time programming on Scratch or looking at the work of others. She flips-flops a lot with her desire to learn more about programming - sometimes she is interested in it, and sometimes she feels that she is not good enough. Yesterday, she asked me to join Scratch. I haven't done any coding in years, but, hey, after all, I was doing it professionally for a few years, and I am looking forward to learning something new with her.
What My Child Is Reading
Smarty still cannot part with Ender's series, switching back to Ender's Early Years quintet and flying through Shadow of the Hegemon. She really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next one in this series to be available from the Overdrive library. She also has time to read in school borrowing books both from her science teacher and her language teacher. The last book she brought home from school was Newbery winner Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos.
Favorite Memory of the Week
Smarty to me, "In writing, we are told to write as we speak - in simple sentences using simple words. But this is not how I speak. I cannot help it - I just happen to have a large vocabulary."
How was your week?