This is a summary for Kaitlyn from 8.75-9 years old.
Eating is good. She continually improves her willingness to eat foods she doesn’t particularly like. I am proud of her for working on that.
Sleeping is great. I have a feeling she will be the type of teenager to want to sleep in.
During this time period, Kaitlyn played basketball. She had a couple of months off of soccer practice, but started up the last month of this period. She continued with the piano and dance, with some swim lessons here and there. She has passed off all skills, but she does lessons still to maintain her skills. We are there anyway so she might as well take some time to stay up on the skills.
The big thing of this time period was the musical. Kaitlyn played Pinocchio in our school musical. She was fantastic! She really enjoys acting and naturally comes alive on stage. She has always loved to perform.
School continues to go well. Kaitlyn recently declared to me that she hates math. This was a surprise to me because she is for sure one of the top students in her grade in math. I am not sure why she would hate something she is good at. It makes me sad, too, because of the stereotype that girls aren’t math people. I don’t want her to give up on math and slowly decline in her math abilities. I am still mulling over how to respond to this other than “Really? That surprises me!” I understand it because honestly math was my least favorite subject in school and I was pretty good at it. In elementary I did well, and in Jr. High and High School I was always in the second highest level. But I hated it. I finished all of my college math as a junior in high school so I wouldn’t have to take math in college. I haven’t shared any of that with her, though. I am not sure if I should. I am also not sure if I should even care that she hates it!
Kaitlyn recently read the book Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards. Our neighbor brought it over because it was her favorite book as a little girl and she has no daughters, only sons, so she wanted to share it and she knew Kaitlyn is a reader. Kaitlyn loved it! She has also recently enjoyed Sarah Plain and Tall and The Classroom at the End of the Hall. She starts and finishes books faster than I am even aware of them.
7:00 AM–Wake up. Eat breakfast and get ready. Practice piano. Do morning chores. Read scriptures.
Go to school.
4:00 PM–Home from school. Homework. Free play
5:30 PM–Dinner. Then family time.
7:00 PM–Start getting ready for bed.