Graduation

Hard to believe but just two short years ago, we packed up Hannah and took her to her first day of Preschool  { Pictures and reflections on that HERE } and now we are celebrating that she graduated and is heading to big school next year.

Ms. Kathie’s Preschool is so much more than numbers, letters and colours.  It’s about adventures, friendship, and country life.  It’s about being a part of a greater whole and taking care of our world.  It’s about being polite and mannerly, but also about imagination and play.  I love that my girls both got to go to Ms. Kathie for two years each.

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The graduation is fun, wild and silly.  It is tradition that ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’ gets sung and I can barely listen without getting teary.  The whole growing up thing is wonderful, sad, and amazing.

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I love the spunk of this kid.  She was awarded the ‘Little Miss Mother Hen’…..she’s the only girl among a bunch of busy, active little boys!  She loved getting to be Ms. Kathie’s right hand help this year.  But it also made me happy when she posted pictures of the kids playing in the sand pile and she’s in the middle of it all, playing trucks with the boys.  I think it’s important to be able to play with other kids, regardless of what they are playing.

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Every year, Ms. Kathie does t-shirts for the kids with wonderful words about who they are.  It is a highlight, to be sure.  The kids disappear into the house part way through the graduation and come out wearing their shirt.  This is a treasure that will definitely go into the treasure box to keep forever.

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I’ve discovered over the years of bringing the girls to Ms. Kathie’s that it isn’t just about the kids.  She is so wonderful and caring, there have been many mornings when I’ve received a hug from her when I needed one.  The conversation by the steps while dropping off  or picking up children is heart felt and genuine and not always related to our children and for that I am thankful!

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Hard to believe this is the change in one little girl from the first day of preschool to her last.  She has grown and matured in so many ways.  Yes, she’s taller, busy losing that toddler chub and continuing to grow into a wonderful girl.  I’m so proud of her, of who she is.  She has her passions, her strengths and a great sense of humour.  I love how real her faith is to her, how compassionate and tender she is with animals and how much she still loves a good snuggle.  She is ready to take on any adventure!!

Hannah, you are amazing!

To be continued,

Lori