We went to the library yesterday - and then on to work for me. I need to close again tonight...this week is just too long...that six day stretch. But, on to the bits. I finished reading 'Girl with All the Gifts'...scary as heck..I bawled about a third of the way through...disgusted with 'crunchy reality' halfway through it and the end left ashes in my mouth. So sad...poignant, I guess one would say. I read 'The Road' and 'Blindness' on reccommendation a few years ago...also chilling human-horror/disaster stories. I couldn't not finish them, but they don't ever leave the brain either. I'm on to 'The Green Ember' now...such a different thing - it's like Watership Down and Nimh put together, so far.
Esme's 'Gifted and Talented Reading, Writing and Math' workbook came yesterday. I had worried it had gotten lost in the mail. But, it's here, and she paged through it and said it looked great. The writing is high-end for her (that is where she struggles) but has good ideas for 'how to proceed'. The reading/English activities and the math are going to be great go-tos for her this year...things Mom couldn't easily dream up for her to work on when we come to a blank space. I enjoyed paging through the math puzzles myself before bed...she'll need some help understanding the question, but I know she can figure out the math once the question is posed correctly.
I am an overplanner of sorts... I was sketching out idea trees at work yesterday during a break about each 'subject' she wants to study this year and what our 'pull out of a hat' type options are for each subject...I can't really turn that stuff off- overplanning etc.. I was trying to work out just what we should be working on as 'every day' stuff and how often the 'electives' should work in...eventually we usually have Esme direct that part herself...I do want to stress the Social Studies/History stuff as a bit more than an 'elective'...a two to three times a week activitiy/lesson sort of thing. If she is really going to go for Spanish we need to schedule that at least once a week intently or more for practice through the week. I think she will self-direct on all of the Science as she is interested, and we can throw the Art, P.E. and cooking lessons in wherever they seem appropriate.
Mark said she cooked a scrambled egg sandwich with minimal help (lots of supervision) the other day, and was very proud of herself. She needed help cracking a tough egg and he pulled the hot pan off the stove and served the egg onto the plate - but she helped wash it in the sink with the brush. She said the sandwich was good :)
We picked up a few Spanish dual language books while we were at the library. We read one before bed. I have been learning French for the past year or more...and now she wants to learn Spanish (her friend is learning Spanish in school). That means Mom has to learn Spanish...a language I've tried to avoid really diving into over the years (I've done German and French...Latin and Japanese before...modern Greek with her last year). But, I've found her some good online resources and I'm using them, too. I know the fact that Spanish has multiple similar words for the same thing (mono, mico for monkey) is going to be a potential arguing point.