Posted by: Tricia | July 14, 2012

So long Pre-K! Kindergarten, here we come!

I cannot believe how fast these little years with Elliott are flying by.  At the end of May he finished up Pre-K and in a few short weeks he will be starting Kindergarten.  Wow.  Overall we were pleased with his preschool.  After the first month of not wanting to go he began to look forward to going and seeing his friends.  The teachers did a great job handling a big class, and although the work that Elliott brought home seemed overly repetitive he did learn quite a few things while there.  His favorite things about preschool were “having a job” such as being the line leader or the table washer and outside play time!  He also really enjoyed music class with Ms. Sherry.  I think that we will probably encounter some similar aversions to wanting to go to Kindergarten once the newness wears off so I am thankful to have already gone through it once with preschool.  His teachers were very supportive and encouraged me to stick with it when I was tempted to give in and let Elliott quit.

We kicked off the last day of school with a special breakfast of cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs, and fruit.  It was raining cats and dogs complete with thunder and lightening during breakfast so we finished up our food outside on the porch while we watched rain.  Elliott was pretty excited about it all!

A picture to compare…

First Day

Last Day!!

It has been such a blessing having David’s office so close to home because he has been gracious enough to pick Elliott up from school each day so that Jude can stay on a regular nap schedule.  He surprised Elliott on his last day with a trip to Braum’s for his favorite…ice cream!

Later that night it was finally time to graduate!!

Little graduation gowns.  It doesn’t get much cuter than this.

Little brother ready to watch “IE sing!”

Elliott’s Christmas pre-k program was so traumatic for him that I was a little nervous about how it would go this time.  Over the last few months we talked off and on about what to expect and how he could enjoy it more this time.  He loved practicing his songs at school although I couldn’t really get him to show them to me at home much at all.  The thing that seemed to encourage him the most was when I told him that only his Daddy and I would be watching him.  All of the other mommies and daddies would be watching their kids sing…not him.  He said, “Oh, I just didn’t know this last time.”

I could not believe how well our little graduate did this time!  He sang his little heart and voice out!  He was amazing and we were grinning from ear to ear the entire time!  Here are a few pictures from the program if you don’t want to endure the nearly 8 minute video!

After the kids’ performance they exited to put on their caps and gowns and we enjoyed a slide show of pictures from the year.

Green Eggs & Ham Day

Donuts with Dad day

Then, it was time to graduate!  I thought it was so cute that they walked in single-file to the traditional pomp and circumstance graduation march.  Also, each child had his or her picture with their name & meaning up on the big screen.  It was funny to watch each kid walk across the stage, eyes glued to the screen.  A little taste of fame I suppose.

Wee School Class of 2012

And, here’s the video.  I tried to keep it short, but I could not bring myself to cut much out!

Awww…sweet brothers.

A happy and proud graduate!

One of my all-time favorite pictures EVER!

Elliott and his best bud, Ethan.  Love this kid.

The school really put a lot of thought into this day.  Each child had their graduation certificate placed next to a binder with a selection of their work from the school year as well as progress sheets inside.  They also gifted each child with a Jesus Storybook Bible.

Black icing = black tongue!

Elliott and his little crush, Story.

Earlier in the school year Elliott told me that he though he was in love with Story.  I chuckled, but realized quickly that he was serious…and embarrassed.  So cute.  So, I hurriedly moved on to asking him what it was about Story that he loves.  He answered that he likes playing with her, he likes her brown hair, and that, “mommy, she has a necklace with a heart on it…and inside the heart there is CHAPSTICK!”  Chapstick inside of a necklace?  It doesn’t get much cooler than this, people.  Sounds like a keeper to me!

Elliott with his teachers, Ms. Valerie & Ms. Karen

I saw this idea on pinterest for making your own coasters out of plain white shower tiles and party napkins and thought it would be a great teacher gift.  Elliott did most of the work, and I think they turned out really cute!  We gave each teacher a set of 4 coasters with her initial.

And, that’s a wrap!  It was a great year!  So long Pre-K!  Kindergarten, here we come!

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