Zack's last day of Kindergarten was Friday. He had a great year with a super teacher, and I volunteered at the school as much as I could. I went on field trips, made a million copies, cut out tons of die-cuts, and (the most fun) bought tons of school supplies for the kids. For a crafty person like me, buying glitter glue, foamies, construction paper, and paint was a treat. And I loved going to the classroom to help out, getting tackle-hugged by the kids, and never being able to walk down the hall without some child knowing me. While Zack truly enjoyed his Kindergarten experience, I know that I got just as much out of my Kindergarten experience.
One day, Miss M, Zack's teacher, asked me if I could come in one afternoon because they wanted to do something special for me. I never in a million years could have imagined how special it was.
I walked in, and got tackle-hugged and tickled. Abject joy on the kid's faces, big huge silly smile on mine. I got to sit in the Seat of Honor (rather than a tiny kidlet chair) because, they said, I was the Queen. And then they sang a song for me, which brought tears to my eyes... I wish like anything I had a recording of it.
And then the presents. Oh my!
First, a butterfly bush in my favorite color...
Then, an awesome tote bag with all the kids creating butterflies out of their fingerprints and the words, "Thanks for always fluttering in to help".....
And a pitcher with thumbprint lady bugs.....
But my favorite gift by far was the Thankful Book.
Each child drew a picture and told Miss M what to write. She said they came up with them all on their own, and did I notice how almost all the kids put me in fun jewelry?
That book is amazing. From "thanks for making copies" to "thanks for buying Smelly Markers" to "thanks for helping me with art projects" -- they were all so wonderful and amazing.
Then came a veritable feast of ice cream and special butterfly cookies and M&Ms all around. I couldn't believe it. It was one of the best days ever.
Then, on the last day of school, I brought in a big bag of prezzies for Miss M and the kids had fun with that, too. The picture below is about Star Words. Miss M had certain words that the kids had to learn by the end of the year, and she put them all on slips of paper and put them in clear venti Starbucks cups and called them Star Words. So Zack made up slips of paper with words that described how he felt about Miss M.
Her hair's not really pink -- she's sitting under a pink beach umbrella -- which is one of the reasons I made her gifts beach-themed. A huge beach bag, beach towel, and a bunch of other stuff. The kids had as good a time watching her open things as she did, I think!
So now we're on to summer activities (we're headed to the National Aquarium with a friend tomorrow). Kindergarten was a load of fun. I think I'm going to miss it more than Zack! But onward and upward, and I'll bring the fun with me.
Lori Anderson makes jewelry when she's not volunteering. Her web site is www.lorianderson.net