And what a week it was...
My Kinders graduated today!! I'm exhausted so I hope this post makes sense...
1. We had been practicing our graduation songs for days and my Kinders had been singing so loudly that I spent all week explaining to them that screaming is not the same as singing. So, of course, at the ceremony today you could barely hear them; they froze up like deer in the headlights. As a matter of fact, someone in the audience kept yelling: "Louder!!" I didn't want to become THAT teacher - you know who I'm talking about - the teacher who sings louder than the kids - so I just smiled and we muddled through. Well, they are so dang cute no matter what they do, they still got a great ovation from the audience - of course it was a pretty easy crowd.
Then I blubbered my way through this poem I wrote:
Well we've come to graduation, how fast the year has gone,
It's time to take your sneakers off and put your flip-flops on.
It's time to put your pencil down and remove your thinking cap;
It's time for you to take a trip, and for me to take a nap.
But before we break for summer and out the door I shove you;
I want to take a moment, to tell you each how much I love you.
Annie I love your beautiful eyes, and Kenny I love your giggle;
And Michael I love the way you wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.
David I love the way you think and Peter the way you care.
And Christy what I would give, if I could have your hair
Sally I love your artistry and Kathy the way you sing;
And Laura I am forever thankful that you found the diamond from my ring*.
Brian I love your tenderness; And Katie I love your heart.
And Taylor I love the way you are so very smart.
Natalie I love your sweetness, Betty I love your compassion;
And Crsytal please don't ever, lose your sense of fashion.
And Joey, Joey, Joey, how much I love your zest!
I cannot wait for next year (but first I need some rest).
And all of you together! Well, you make me grin from ear to ear.
We've had a fun adventure; it's been a wonderful year.
But now it's on to first grade; and then grades two and three.
And lickity split, before you know it, you'll be as old as me.
You'll be doctors and farmers and fancy cake bakers.
You'll be pilots and poets and computer game makers.
You'll be rock stars covered with shiny jewels, you'll be fireman covered in cinders.
But whatever you are, for the rest of your life, you'll always be my Kinders.
So, my wishes for you come in one last little burst.
I hope you always remember to put other people first.
I hope you always remember to sing and to dance.
And I hope you never find frogs in your underpants.
That last line was a huge hit!
2. Their diplomas came with a pair of those big, black, nerdy-looking eyeglasses and my Kinders were swift to put them on so they could look extra smart. It made a great group photo opportunity. We had also taken pictures of them with their caps and glasses on and we hung them above the "Congratulations!" banner. The first grade class joined us for one song and then high-fived our kinders as they were lead out of the gym by their soon to be first grade teacher. There was a little reception in our classroom afterwards where their parents collected art and took their portfolios home. The families pitched in with some tasty treats for the occasion.
3. Here are the bulletin boards that were up in our classroom for graduation:
4. We had our school art show this week. I teach art in the afternoon and absolutely love watching what the kids create. I wish you could see the apple bowls more clearly. They were beautiful!
5. My jasmine is blooming on the side of our cottage. It smells heavenly.!
That's it for me! I have a busy weekend. School isn't out until Tuesday and I don't know what I was thinking, but we have Pirate Day on Monday and Surf's Up Day on Tuesday. ARGHHHHHHH!! and Hang Loose!
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