Childhood Education

Last Wednesday was Maya’s last day of school. Her final day of Kindergarten.

This year has just flown by. It feels like just yesterday I was sending a somewhat excited, very nervous 5 year old off to her first day of school. And now, here she is 9 months later, a spunky 6 year old full of new knowledge and ready to face the challenges of the first grade.

She learned so much this year. She was so lucky to have an incredibly good teacher. Mrs. Fadden is the best and was really the perfect teacher for Maya. So much learning and growing is packed into kindergarten and Maya soaked it all up with gusto. It will be wonderful to see what next year has in store for her.

But, for now, we will sit back and enjoy a fun filled summer break!

 

Today was a big day at our house, it was Maya’s 1st day of kindergarten!

I woke her bright and early and after a nice breakfast and after everyone was ready to go we headed to school.

When we got to school we headed to the kindergarten entrance and Maya found the line for her class. She bravely stood in line behind her friend Megan. You could tell she was a bit nervous, but she was also pretty excited. After the first bell rang her teacher, Mrs. Fadden, came out and greeted all the kiddos and walked them down the hallway to their classroom. Normally parents aren’t allowed to accompany the kids into their class but her teacher made an exception today so we could see where they will sit and get a nice class picture. It was so cute watching all these nervous 5 year olds navigate around the room, collect their name tags and pencil boxes and find a seat. Maya and Megan sat together along with a little girl they had met in line. It was adorable.

Once all the kids had arrived and found a seat, Mrs. Fadden had them all gather at the front of the room and line up for a nice class picture. They came up will silly things to say instead of the usually “cheese” to keep them all giggling and smiling.

After picture time it was time for the grown ups to leave and the day to start. A few kids, including Maya ran to give another quick hug to mom and dad. Surprisingly there weren’t many tears, all the kids were so brave. It looks like a great bunch of kids in Maya’s class and I think she’ll have a wonderful year with them and make some great new friends. Not to mention her teacher is AWESOME, I already love her!

It was weird leaving the school knowing she would be there all day. I’m so used to having her around, and even when she was in preschool it was only 3 days a week for half days. It felt like 3pm was so far away. I managed to keep it together all through drop off but as I was driving to the grocery store after leaving the school I had a good little cry. I cried because my first baby is already in kindergarten. I cried because I am so proud of her. I cried, well, because that is what we moms do ;)

When the end of the day finally rolled around Anna and I walked over to the school and picked Maya up. You could tell, as they walked out the door lined up behind Mrs. Fadden, that they were all pretty worn out from their big first day, but they were all smiles. Maya was full of stories on the walk home of all the fun things they did today and things they get to do tomorrow. She had a wonderful first day and is excited to go to school again tomorrow. This is going to be a great year for her!

Maya had her second, and last, camp of the summer this week, Art Camp! She was really looking forward to this camp and it didn’t disappoint. She had a great time and came home with an amazing little portfolio.

Back in the early spring when I was finding camps to sign her up for I stumbled across a bunch of art camps offered through Museo Art Academy in downtown Issaquah. Each camp was a week long (4 days) and had a different focus. There was drawing, clay sculptures, mixed media and painting. I asked Maya if she would be interested in doing and art camp and if so which one would she like to do. She was totally up for it, not a surprise coming from our little artist, and decided on the painting session. I got her all signed up and her little friend, Ava, decided to join in the fun too.

She had a great time. Every day when I picked her up she was beaming and said she had a great time at camp that day. They came home with little free drawings they had done throughout the morning but the paintings were kept until the end. I couldn’t wait to pick her up today and finally get to see all her projects. I knew they would be good since Maya loves art and puts a lot of thought and effort into her projects, big or small. Her little portfolio was incredible. It contained 7 paintings. They learned about many different types of paintings including still lifes, landscapes and portraits. She is so proud of her collection.

I need to pick up some frames and display a few of these pieces!

I’m so glad she enjoyed the camp and I’m so proud of her creations. She said she’d like to take art classes there this year so I’ll have to look into those.

Things have been a bit crazy around our house lately, at least for me anyway. Between getting things ready for the upcoming arrival of Baby Girl #3 and getting things ready for Maya to head to kindergarten I feel like I’m constantly shopping, organizing, putting things together and, basically, never sitting down.

In 2 weeks my first baby will be making her big debut at kindergarten! Seriously, how is she old enough to be in kindergarten and who said she could grow up so quickly. Since the enrollment process started in the spring it has been non-stop filling out forms, dropping medical supplies (epi-pens and doctor’s orders regarding nut allergy), and attempting to get everything in place for her big first day. Thanks to all that and the fact I’m pregnant and due right around the start of school means time has flown by. I’m not sure I’m ready, emotionally anyway, for this big milestone yet.

Maya is excited about starting kindergarten. I know she is a bit nervous, she says so every so often, but all in all she is ready and excited. We’ve met a few kids in our neighborhood who will be attending kindergarten as well so she is anxious to see if any of them will be in her class. The incoming kindergarten class this year is the biggest ever, there will be a total of 6 classes, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that at least one or two of the kids we’ve met and she has bonded with will be in her class. I know having a familiar face in the crowd will make the transition that much easier for her (and me too).

We are almost all ready for the big day. School supplies will be waiting at school for her (thanks awesome PTA program!), back to school clothes are almost all purchased, and I’m psyching myself up emotionally. 2 more weeks, I can’t believe it.

Today is Maya’s last day of school before summer break. It also marks the end of her preschool career. Next year it is on to Kindergarten! I can hardly believe it. I remember dropping her off for her very first day of preschool 2 years ago and thinking that kindergarten still seemed so far away, and now, here we are.

First Day of School, Pre-K

Last Day of School, Pre-K

9 months and she looks so different, so grown up.

This year has been great for her. She has made some wonderful friends and had some amazing teachers who really helped her blossom this year. I can’t say enough wonderful things about our experiences at Natural Start Preschool, I really can’t. We signed up for their program before we even moved here. Lorne had visited once to check the place out but really we were going into this pretty blind. I have to say we ended up making a pretty incredible choice. We couldn’t have asked for a better program to help Maya settle in and feel at home here. We are going to miss her teachers immensely and will remember them fondly.

Congrats on another year of school under your belt baby girl. Next year will be a huge step for you, and for us. We are so proud of you and can’t wait to see what next year has in store for you.