Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Kindergarten Graduate

Meet our newest Kindergarten Graduate...

...how did this happen?  I swear I was just taking my first born to Kindergarten and now my middle child is ready for First Grade???!!!

I was a mess this afternoon.

By nature, I'm emotional, but I'm certain that watching a video of Ben's school year to "You've Got a Friend in Me" (Toy Story) and "Forever Young" (Rod Stewart)  combined with all the devastation down in Oklahoma had me feeling particularly melancholy.

Oh, and did I mention that our much beloved "Ms. Herrick" is not returning to teach next school year????  She's moving to Colorado.  Ben's sad, but taking it in stride.  I think I'm sadder!

Of course, silly songs with body movements are always good for a laugh!!!

Ms. Herrick worked so very hard with Ben to help him to learn to read.  It took him a while to figure it all out...but now he is on his way to being a successful reader.

In addition to giving each kiddo a traditional kindergarten diploma, she also gave each student a "candy bar" diploma.  Ben's been anticipating this for days!!!

Ben loves school...and Ms. Herrick...so much.  And even with all of his struggles in mastering sight words, he never lost his enthusiasm for learning.  I credit Ms. Herrick for that.

She is a gem and will be truly missed next year.

So now we just finish up the week.  Last full day of school is tomorrow.  Thursday is All School Mass, Yearbook Signing and 11 AM Dismissal!

Summer's coming and I can't wait!!!  I love having my kids home with me all day!!!



  1. Oh Val...I feel your pain! It does indeed just fly right by...Rhett "graduates" from Elementary school this year...and I SWEAR It was yesterday I took him to Kindergarten.

    Your little guy is a cutie, for sure...and is that A Tooty Ta they are doing there? My kids all did that in Kindergarten too!

    Yay Summer!! : )

  2. I am feeling the same way right now as I attend all those wonderful end of the year performances. How could my baby be done with 4th grade. Next year I will have 3 children attend 3 different schools. I am trying to hold on to each moment with my children right now.

  3. Congratulations, Valerie! Your children are so gorgeous!

  4. congratulations for Ben, and momma too! Thumbs up, elbows back, knees together... we know that song and dance at our house too. My daughter is graduating K too. amazing how they grow up so fast.

  5. Congratulations to Ben!! What a joy it is to see a little bud start to open up more each day!


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