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Katya Graduates

Katya Graduates

While Than may be right in thinking it is a little funny to “graduate” from kindergarten when there are so many more years of school yet to go, it is hard to argue that this is a precious sight:

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My mom and Than’s mom were able to join us at the graduation ceremony and I was amazed, just like with Nathan (see his graduation pics here), at all the things these kids have learned in their first year.  Memorized answers, rhymes, jingles, songs–so many ways to keep basic knowledge in their heads.

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After the ceremony the kids and parents celebrated with a party at a nearby park.  Not to be left out, Nathan finished off his 3rd grade year with a party of his own.  He has really liked his teacher this year and will miss her a lot when he moves into 4th grade! Here is their picture, although I forgot to ask her permission to post it so I’ve blurred out her face to be respectful of privacy!  Take my word for it, she is beautiful with a firm but gentle manner, affection for her job and students, and a very pleasant teaching voice and attitude.

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After the official end of school we celebrated with lunch out and then a trip to the Botanic Gardens.  Hooray for the beginning of summer!

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Graduation

Graduation

Today was kindergarten graduation day!  I don’t remember graduation being a big deal when I was in kindergarten, but at Nathan’s school the kids (and of course the teachers!) work very hard to prepare a special “year-in-review” recitation before diplomas are handed out by the principal.  “Pomp and Circumstance”, caps and gowns, even got to keep the tassel as a souvenier!

After a rainy few days, everyone was happy for the sunshine that meant we could have our graduation party at the nearby park.  Laughing kids, chatting parents, and lots of donuts–a nice way to end the school year and begin the summer.

We were glad that Than’s parents could join us for the graduation and the party, and then celebrate with lunch together afterwards. 

In some ways the year has flown by–how do I have a first grader?!!  In other ways, it seems like such a long time ago that I dropped him off for the first time and cried when I got to the car.  I am amazed and grateful for all the things he has learned, the ways he has grown, the evidence that God is at work in our family and in his mind and heart.