Tuesday, June 10, 2014

End of Pre-K

AB marked it on the calendar and we’ve been watching as the days got closer…6


Friday was it…the last day of school! 2It’s hard to believe our big girl has 180 school days under her belt already. 3

Pre-K was a great experience for AB and I think it will help ALL of us transition into the swing of a full school day in August when she starts Kindergarten.

In the three hours a day she spent in the classroom, she’s shown growth in all areas, but most importantly her confidence in herself. She learned to be comfortable in the classroom and with her teachers and peers and we are so glad for it.

She made sweet new friends and grew a lot socially this year, too.

The Pre-K kids are assessed at the beginning, middle and end of the school year to measure their progress in print knowledge, phonological awareness, mathematics, and oral language/vocabulary. On her last two assessments, she scored at the “Exceeding Expectations” level in all areas and we are super proud of her.

Her reading (and writing) has taken off this year and we are so proud of her growth there, as well.

She took her teachers a cupcake from the 4Rivers Sweet Shop Friday morning to wish them a “Sweet Summer” and like almost every other kid who’s mom has a Pinterest account, we started her “Oh the Places You’ll Go” tradition and had her teachers sign her book. 4It was such a sweet idea, and although I’m sure it’s been overdone already, I couldn’t pass on it. It will be so sweet to look back at her graduation and remember all the small steps that got her there. 5

All last week, her teachers sent home the last bit of artwork, papers, and anything that had the kids’ names on it. The sweetest thing to come home was her daily journal.7 Its filled with pictures, doodles, and lots of handwriting practice. 8I can only imagine how precious this will be one day to look back on the pages that her precious little four/five year old touched. 9So sweet. 10It was hard for me to NOT keep EVERYTHING this year! A few months ago, I finally did go through it and got us organized. 11This was another Pinterest copycat idea and so far I think it’s pretty genius. All of her artwork/papers that I’m saving are filed away in folders in this folder bin. It keeps them from getting ripped and bent and from taking up residence in every drawer/basket in our home! It also takes up way less space that I thought it would.

It really has been a sweet year, but we are all ready for summer! We’re looking forward to getting back into our routine of sleeping in and not really having a schedule. We don’t have a lot on our summer agenda besides getting ready for baby brother, but I’m sure we’ll squeeze a few things in. :)

Here we come Kindergarten!!! 1


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