- 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.
How was your week?