Saturday, April 13, 2019


  • This week was hard for all of us - we were jet-lagged from our cross-country travel, and Smarty is also fighting a cold, so she is more tired and cranky than usual.
  • I got an opportunity to go to China for work in early May. Hopefully I can get my Visa fast enough to make it happen - I have never been to China before.
  • Smarty's sailing lesson this week was quite traumatic - their boat capsized again, and she and her partner spent some time in cold waters of SF Bay before they were fished out. This time she came home mildly hypothermic - not so good while already fighting a cold. I really feel that students should not have gone out with so much wind, because every other pair capsized as well. 
  • On average, Smarty spent about 90 minutes on homework every night this week (except Friday when she took a full break from it) - it's above average for her, but she has four long term projects going at once. This week she was mostly focused on two - she was making clay animation figures for her media studies project (due Apr 24) and doing some research and a proposal draft for her group science fair project in marine biology. Her group plans to build a hydroponic garden for her school - the garden will use water from their small fish pond to irrigate plants. It's quite an ambitious project and I am curious to see how this will play out. 
  • English is one of the more "relaxed" subjects in Smarty's school, and she loves her English class. Kids started this term by reading two books at once - Moby Dick and Pride and Prejudice. I am intrigued by this approach and very interested to see where their English teacher is planning to take his class - maybe comparing and contrasting these two classic books?
  • This week Smarty enjoyed A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage while I finished a long and very thought provoking Children of  Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky that I was reading during our vacation and also read through Ted Talks: An Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson. Even though I don't really do public speaking, I found a lot of interesting advice relating to presentations, and I hope that Smarty will read this book as well.

Your Turn

How was your week?

2 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

If you make it to China check out the McDonald's for me :) Abby has already hit two snags in her visa process - I hope you have smoother sailing! I have never been able to make it past the first pages of Moby Dick, and I read Crime and Punishment for fun in high school - good luck to Smarty! Pride and Prejudice is a lot of fun though. I hope she enjoys them both.

Ticia said...

That is a strange pairing for those two books. I'll be curious to find out the thought process between the pairing.