Wednesday, May 27, 2009

bittersweet symphony

sweet m. just came out of her room and said, "i can't believe tomorrow is the last day of school!" my sentiments exactly. it really is difficult to believe that she's been a kindergartner for a whole school year now, and that in a few months i'll have a first-grader on my hands.
i think m. has grown so much this past year. not just academically although she has improved so much in that arena: she can read pretty well, (beginner well), she can count to one hundred and beyond, add and subtract. but the thing i notice most is how she sees someone she doesn't know very well and she says a cheerful "hi!" when she would have looked away shyly before. and how she'll sometimes even look an adult in the eye and tell them thank you. a whole bunch of little things that probably don't mean squat to anyone else, but to me mean that she's coming out of her shell, and that she's going to be fine out in the great big world.
here is a little plaque we made as a gift for sweet m.'s amazing teacher, mrs. d. she's been so good to m. this year i just didn't know how to thank her adequately. an all-expenses paid trip to the bahamas or caribbean was a little out of our budget, so this'll have to do for this year.

5 comments:

Arin said...

That is a cute plaque. I couldn't think of anything spectacular for mrs. d either. I think we are going to make a candy bar bouquet with cute little saying on them. M. was so cute when she came to play the other day. She is always welcome to come over.

Frances said...

That's so sweet. It is crazy to think how fast the kids are growing up.

D'Arcy said...

I love so much when I get little thank you things from my students. Rarely happens, but I love it!

traveltwin said...

it turned out so cute, jo. good on ya! i think you got all the creative genes.

Nat said...

I LOVE that plaque! I couldn't think of anything, either. We should have been more on the ball and gotten everyone together to get something really nice for her, but alas. I too can't believe how much all the kids have changed this year, and that it's the last day of school! So crazy.