Kyah's last day of school (the 26th) consisted of a graduation program where the children sang 4 adorable songs and received diplomas. They all wore shirts that had been signed by all of their classmates, which is kind of a fun keepsake. Parents who helped out in classrooms throughout the year were also recognized, and report cards and assignments for 1st grade teachers were distributed. I was so happy that the kindergarten teachers put forth the efforts to do this graduation. Traditions and ceremonies have always been so important to me (and strangely, as I have come to realize over the years, not so important to my siblings..., but I digress.) A friend recently voiced a question as to why the school holds a kindergarten graduation, but nothing for the other grades (except for 6th, when obviously they are going to middle school). Well, after thinking about it I'd say it is not only to give those little 5 and 6 year-olds a sense of accomplishment for what they've done, but also to help them be excited about coming to school for twice as long each day once the summer is over!
Kyah with her teacher, Mrs Thibault. We loved her!
Isaac also participated in a graduation ceremony, even though he still has another year of Joy School ahead of him. The outdoor event also involved a lot of singing (I love singing!), as well as displaying of children's favorite artwork, and a pinata to break. Isaac was happy and willing to participate the whole time-- right up until we tried to put on his cap and graduation scarf (what is that thing called? a hood?). Some switch flipped in him and all of the sudden memories of the disastrous attempt to get cousin pictures with the Uffenorde family last September came to my mind. Defiance, anger, lashing out. Not good. Fortunately, things didn't go that far and after some mild threatening and bribing on my and Jared's part Isaac agreed to get his diploma and report card just as the other teachers were calling his name. After that he was happy as could be again. He had one of the best whacks at the pinata too!
Our camera batteries died halfway through so this is the only picture we got showing his face. Good thing everyone else was snapping pics too... someone's bound to have a good one.
I am so proud of my kiddos and the ways they have progressed this past year. I am definitely enjoying this time while it lasts.