Saturday, April 28, 2018

1. SBAC Testing

This week, Smarty had the first round of California Smart-and-Balanced Assessment (SBAC) testing, reading and writing. Interestingly, she enjoys writing part more, because it's more open-ended, and, as she put it, I can just write my own thoughts. In the reading part, she does not like questions where she sees two possible answers as being potentially correct. I guess a bit of overthinking is at play here, and a tendency of a gifted child to see complexity. But regardless, Smarty is a good test taker, and I am pretty sure her scores will be high. She is looking forward to math SBAC next week.

2. An Incas Project

Smarty is learning about the pre-Columbian civilizations of America in her social studies class. For several weeks, students worked in groups creating a poster about one of the civilizations. Her group was the Incas and her particular specialization was their technological advances. I learned quite a bit about the Incas from her, and I can't wait to see the poster during an Open House. She also quite enjoyed working with her group that included 4 boys. Those boys are all her favorites, and she clicks with them much better than she does with girls in her class.

3. Sex Health Education

Smarty's grade will have 2 weeks of sex education in May. Parents can choose to opt out of this class, and my husband and I had a lot of debates about it. We both feel that sexual education is important, and we like the fact that California requires public schools to offer sexual education starting in 5th grade on puberty and then in 7th on prevention, contraception, and healthy sexual relationships. But... by age Smarty should be in 5th grade getting educated on puberty, which, by the way, is still nowhere in sight. She wants to opt out, because she says that she is too young to learn about sex. I think she is right, my husband thinks that classroom is the best place to discuss these topics in a factual and not in hormonal way. We have to make a decision next week, but I am leaning towards opting out.

4. Spending Time Outside

Every day when I was home at a reasonable time we went for walks to take advantage of a cooler but sunny weather. I love walking and talking with Smarty - it's my favorite time of the day. She was telling me all about her new favorite series that her language teacher had in her library.

5. What My Child Is Reading

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Smarty found the first three books of Lorien Legacies, a sci-fi/fantasy series by Pittacus Lore in school, and she could not put them down. The premise seems a bit far-fetched (or Smarty is reading too quickly to pay attention to inconsistencies in the plot), but the book about aliens living among humans is right down her alley. Now she can't wait for the other four books in the series of 7 to arrive to our local library as we had to use our inter-library system to get them.

Your Turn

How was your week?


MaryAnne K. said...

I can see how Smarty being so young would make it hard to choose whether or not to opt out. Good luck deciding!

Ticia said...

I'm with you on opting out at her age. I'm not even convinced I'd want my 13 year old kids learning about safe sex and contraceptives. I'm thinking that's more a high school thing.
And I know I'm still in the dark ages in thinking there aren't sexually active kids in junior high, but I'm also trying to balance those kids out with the kids who still aren't ready to hear that level of detail yet.
It's a sticky widget, and one I'm glad we're not having to deal with.