Day 25: The Day Before the Last Day of School

Dear Readers,

Winding down the school year here. Last night M told me he wants to stay in his class forever. Today he said, “Yay, no more Kindergarten!”

At the start of the year, I remember filling out a form for school.  What are your expectations for Kindergarten? What do you want  your child to learn?  Or something like that. I’d written a few things, one of them was for M to make new friends. He certainly did that— making many new friends and continuing to learn how to  get along with more people, solve conflicts, tolerate frustrations, share attention, stand up for himself, apologize, work things out, etc.

I heard that in first grade there’s only one recess per day. That makes me sad. They’ll only go outside only once a day? It doesn’t seem like enough. I don’t know if this is a new policy or an old one. I guess we’ll find out about that in the fall. I also heard that his Kindergarten classes  got two breaks a day because of the efforts of teachers who fought hard for that.  I wonder   who will be fighting for what come September. So much is going on here. It’s going to be an interesting summer. I do plan on some down time,  M will be going to camp, and I’ve got a few projects I’m working on. I have a stack of books I want to read. If I get to one or two I’ll be happy.

Today I received a list of supplies M will need the first day of school (#2 pencils, erasers, glue sticks, etc.) He’s pretty excited about going back to his school for first grade. This time, he’ll know the bus routine,   friends and teachers,  the school. All of those were big unknowns ten months ago, now  its old hat.

Tomorrow is the last day of school. We’re going to celebrate his achievement of graduating from Kindergarten with family time. I asked M to make a list of what he wanted to do for the few days we’re off together. I told him, we might not be able to do everything, but we’ll try to do as much of it as we can. He returned with a written note (yellow highlighter on a paper towel so it was almost impossible to read), that listed games he likes to play at home. Every single one was an imagination playing game he has in rotation. All that he made up. All that call for the following: improvisation, laughing, make-believe, magic, suspension of reality, reality, stuffed animals, cars, dinosaurs, trucks, trains, underwater creatures, water, dandelions, sticks, rocks, mud, blankets, pillows, couch cushions, our shoes, our clothes, hats, bags, notebooks, paper, pens….

I can’t believe M’s done with Kindergarten. It goes by in a flash.

copyright Elana Halberstadt June 2013, 11″x14″ acrylic on canvas

I made this painting for M’s teacher, assistant, and student teacher (as part of our class gift from parents and caregivers).

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Good night and good morning.