Molly has a surprising new form of entertainment while I drive her around in the car. She is doing a math self-assessment. For fun! Her idea, I swear! And this from a girl who was doing extra math tutoring just last year! You have no idea how happy this makes a dad.
Specifically, Molly is doing the official State of Texas 3rd grade math assessment practice workbook. It’s an old copy that she inherited from Claire.
Occasionally as we drive around, Molly will ask me to check her math.
Molly: “Dad, what’s 18 plus 7?”
Me: “I think you probably know that one. Do you have a guess?”
Molly: “Mmmmm… 25?”
Me: “Yep. Well played!”
I asked Molly what she enjoys about doing math for fun, and she just says, “I dunno. I just like it.” She did tell me me she does sometimes get frustrated by multi-step questions. I told her a little challenge can be a good thing. She nodded and kept plugging away at the workbook.
How this happened, I do not know. I guess the math tutoring worked! 🤷🏻♂️
Molly was pretty excited about her Chocolate Reindeer idea and wanted to try it out before we go to Houston for Christmas. I warned her it may not come out quite like she imaged and to be ready for a mess. She acknowledged the rick, and then we went all in on making it happen! Despite my hesitations, I really wanted to make Molly’s holiday invention work too.
Molly and I had a fun time figuring out how to bring her vision to reality. It was an interesting challenge and took a fair amount of planning and research! In the end, it came out a too goopy to, uh, eat, much less bring to Houston. But it was a fun experiment, and Molly happily ate up her practice Chocolate Reindeer.
Molly became inspired to create a new holiday treat called a Chocolate Reindeer, inspired by a Chocolate Mousse. Her vision is three layers of chocolatey goodness, one layer for each “official” Christmas color: red, green, and white.
Molly’s initial idea was for each layer to be melted, colored chocolate. After some discussion and brainstorming , we decided to use a combination layers with heavier ingredient on the bottom and lighter on the top.
Molly’s first grade class did the cutest assignment to hand out to the parents as a Christmas present. Each kid in the class wrote a review of a restaurant they were familiar with. Molly choose Chi’lantro, a regular favorite of ours. Molly’s review followed the same format followed by most of the other kids. “Chi’lantro is good. The parking is okay…” etc. But it was support sweet, and Molly had some good observations about Chi’lantro. Way to go, first graders! BTW, the most popular restaurant was P. Terry’s, which got several independent reviews.
Molly got ready for bed extra quickly tonight and made a little sign that said ‘I.G.R.F.B.E.”. She asked me to guess what it meant. After a few clues, I figured out it meant, “I got ready for bed early.” She wanted to get ready early so she would have extra time to read.
For her book club, Claire and her friend had to compile a list of things people should know about them. Here is Claire’s list. Our Claire is a little hard on herself.
Sometimes I’m mean to my sister.
I love to sketch because I can get all my ideas out.
Sometimes I watch too much TV.
I think I’m bad at math.
I love my family because they use their time and money to keep me alive.
I love sleepovers because I get real time with my friends.
The color blue makes me confused.
I asked Claire about the last one, and she said she didn’t know what she said the color blue confuses her. But we talked about it a bit, and we decided that Blue is confusing because really dark navy blue and really light baby blue are almost completely different colors.
Here is Claire’s note to her nanny, Jackie, who spent most of the summer with Claire. Claire loved having a nanny for the summer. She could have friends over, go summing, go shopping, cook, or just take it easy. Jackie took special care to make sure Claire had a fun summer and did not sit in front of the TV very much.
We kept Molly mostly in her pre-school routine throughout the summer, although she did get to come home early some days and had the last week of the summer off with Claire and Jackie.
Jackie would later tell us that this card was the sweetest thing she had ever received, and it made her cry.