Thursday, June 27, 2013
I seem to have a lot of graduations this year! A preschool graduation. Two kindergarten graduations. A grade nine graduation. And a high school graduation.
Yesterday, was the little girls turn. They have had an amazing year in kindergarten. With a really amazing teacher, who loved them dearly. I don't know if other's find this with their adopted children, but it seems that because teachers hear my children's stories and know their backgrounds, that they do have a special heart for them... I have found there is great compassion and understanding of some of their behaviours.
The kindergarten grad was very simple and laid back. They sang us some songs and we had a picnic outside. Our school just opened this year and because it was the first year and the first kindergarten grad, each little one was given a t-shirt with all of their signatures. Each child in the school this year also painted a tile and these tiles were made into a huge mural in the entrance of the school. Each child was also given a poster of this mural to take home.
This school is amazing and the principal is wonderful. It is a pilot project, where they have eliminated a lot of the standardized tests and exams and instead focus on working together in groups on projects. They teach that community and giving back is a number one priority. They teach that every child is unique and wonderful and has special purpose and talents... and that through each child differences and abilities, our community and world can be a better place.
"All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten"
by Robert Fulghum
Most of what I really need
To know about how to live
And what to do and how to be
I learned in kindergarten.
Wisdom was not at the top
Of the graduate school mountain,
But there in the sandpile at Sunday school.
These are the things I learned:
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life -
Learn some and think some
And draw and paint and sing and dance
And play and work everyday some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world,
Watch out for traffic,
Hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.