Highlights of the Week
We started this week by celebrating my birthday - always a good time to count my blessings and reflect on the plans for the next year. Smarty was in a good mood, helpful and responsible all week - she has a lot going on socially and academically right now, and she seems to enjoy all the busyness that comes with her multiple projects. We are making good progress with our Christmas preparation - hopefully, by mid next week all the cards will be written, packages sent out, and we can relax and enjoy our time off.
School is going well for Smarty - she still barely has any homework, so I was surprised when I spoke with another Mom from her grade, and she was complaining how much homework her daughter is getting in social studies. I asked Smarty about it, and she said that teachers always give them independent work time in class to do their assignments, but some kids choose to socialize instead. She was genuinely perplexed as to why these kids would rather spend more time at home doing work if they are in school anyway and could be just done with it. I only wish the same work ethics would translate into chores at home :)
This week Smarty was very busy after school doing things with her friends and grade mates - she went skating on Tuesday, painted pots for school beautification project on Wednesday, and went to her classmate's house on Thursday to discuss a possible project. However, she was still working through some of Algebra 1 topics - we moved to Alcumus as a practice platform, and I promised her a treat at Yogurtland every time she moves to the next Alcumus level in algebra. This is pretty motivating to her, so she is trying hard to get through tricky topics of advance systems of equations and inverse proportions. We are getting close to quadratic equations when I will finally get to do some teaching, since it's going to be a completely new area for her.
What My Child Is Reading
Smarty flew through Magemother series by Austin J. Bailey in a couple of days - mostly Sunday and Monday. We know when the book is good - it's when Smarty does not respond to anything and is not interested in any sort of activity until she finishes it. Apparently, this series is that good. We got an entire series on Kindle during Black Friday Kindle book sales, so I might read it one day too.
Favorite Memory of the Week
BFF: I really wish I had a sibling.
Smarty (firmly): I don't want a sibling. I am happy to be an only child.
BFF: But suppose I were your brother?
Smarty: Well, yes, I would like to have you as a brother... as long as we still each get our alone time."
How was your week?