Every day, when I take Isabel to school, we get a copy of the Metro newspaper. It’s free. At Jiřiho z Poděbrad, there is a lady who hands them out, which seems a bit redundant, but there are a couple of positive aspects to it. She is always polite and enthusiastic and she always calls Isabel ‘princezna’ (so do I), so it’s a nice ritual to start the day. Also, I’d like it if Isabel were a little more open to speaking to people, and acknowledging greetings, and saying thank you and stuff like that. (she’s not rude. just a bit shy.) So, this woman is part of my training program, whether she realizes it or not.
The only reason I bother getting the newspaper at all is the Sudoku puzzle. If I can finish it during the train ride home, I feel smart.
Today was a special day because there were people giving out the paper, along with a free sample of Bebe Sušenky, a popular and delicious Czech cookie. So, we each got a paper and a cookie when we got on, and again when we got off at JZP.
Here’s the thing, though, the point of my story, the topic of my blog tonight. When I picked up Isabel from school, she had the paper with her, open to the Sudoku. “I got the sixes,” she said. Well, number by number is not a very good strategy, I don’t think, but it is a strategy, and one I used to use when I first started doing them. So, I asked her if she was sure she was right, and then checked them, and sure enough, she was right.
So, we looked at the puzzle on the way home. Occasionally, I made suggestions as to where to look, or what to try and find, but I didn’t give her any answers, I gave her free reign. It took her until well after we got home to finish it, but she finished it and finished it correctly.
Isabel is 9. I think that’s pretty darned good. I’m proud.