Monday, March 31, 2014
Also, Duchess has now officially been labeled TAG (by the skin of her teeth), and feels much more confident about her intelligence now that she has the label. Seriously. She's taking a before-school TAG math class that the principal let her take because I had complained that it was limited only to TAG kids (but she only invited Duchess, because Duchess has a Pushy Parent). Duchess has been doing well in it and enjoying it, but after I told Duchess that she had passed the TAG test, she said "Now I really belong in my math class!" as if she hadn't belonged before. Ech.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
I can't even tell you how good that feels. I'm pretty sure I've gotten more positive feedback in the last week than I had in the preceding five years, total. It has an astonishing motivating effect; I'm so delighted to get praise, like a golden retriever, that I'll go the extra mile for people who are nice to me, and fetch any grubby tennis ball you want. I think employers who are considering employing people who have been unemployed for a while should know about this effect.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Skipper also has new glasses on the way, with frogs decorating the earpieces. This is exciting. What is even more exciting, though, is that Duchess's eyes* have improved so much that she no longer needs to wear glasses all the time - just for reading and schoolwork. She's delighted. We took her to school, and got to her classroom just before the rest of the class returned from lunch, and Duchess stood at the door waiting for her friends, every single one of whom asked as they came in, "Duchess, why aren't you wearing your glasses?"
*Eye, actually. The other eye has always been just fine.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I told her it could be whatever she wanted, and she said "I will be 'Tyrannus.'"
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
One of my favorite podcasts is doing an episode this week on whether it's worth it to learn a foreign language. (Probable answer, based on my experience with this podcast: no.) I also heard a blip on the radio recently saying that it won't be long before we can get perfect instant translation using a phone app. This evening I mentioned that to Duchess, and she said, without hesitation, "No, it's still totally worth it to learn a language." She said that learning a language is something you accomplish, and if a phone's doing it, its just a thing the phone does. And learning a language makes you special. And if you don't know the language, you're not talking to people, your phone is talking to people.
So we will be paying for Duchess to attend a week of Mandarin immersion day camp this summer.
Oh, and in relevant news, Skipper is learning hiragana. She also sings a great phonics song that goes something like "ka ka ka ka, ka ke ku ke ko."
But it's interesting, and my mind is working again! Hurrah!