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?


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.