Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Goodbye Kindergarten. Hello 1st Grade!

Yes, Jared's Kindergarten year at school has come to a close. How can that be? Seriously, it feels like he was just starting Kindergarten! He has done SO well at school this past year. We are so proud of him, his sweet, generous, kind and loving spirit with the friends he made and all of the wonderful learning and hard work he did this year. Way to go Jared! He did lots this year in Kindergarten...

  • learned the 70 Spalding phonograms. He received several 100% throughout the year. He even received a 100% on his last "pickle" (what the Kinders call a test) on ALL 70 phonograms! Because of that he received a special certificate signed by his teacher and school principal.
  • learned how to count to 100 by 1s, 5s, 10s and 20s. I think he even counted past 100, like 200, 300, 400, etc. all the way to 1000. Wow!
  • learned about currency (dimes, nickles, pennies and quarters) and how to add them together to figure out the amount of change you have.
  • learned lots of Saxon math facts, such as +1, +2, doubles, doubles +1, addition, subtraction and just in the last few months he was adding and subtracting more than 2 or 3 numbers together. Wow!
  • composed sentences together with correct phrasing, sentence structure (pronouns, nouns, verbs and adjectives) and punctuation.
  • learned how to spell ~300 words. He brought home many 100% on his spelling "pickles." How can a Kinder know the spelling difference between "read," "read," and "red?" Well, Jared did :D
  • understood reading comprehension.
  • AND MOST OF ALL, he had fun learning all of this and making good friends in his class. He really loves his Kindergarten teacher and his friends!

So tonight, the girlies, Dad, Grammy and I attended Jared's Kindergarten Celebration, celebrating all that the Kinders have done this year and celebrating their graduation to FIRST GRADE! The kids were sweet, singing a few songs and then receiving their graduation certificate from their teachers and principal. Man, all of this can make for a teary-eyed Mama here!! ;)

The kids getting ready for their songs. Jared is in the back row (center).Jared walking up to receive his certificateGetting it from his teacherJared and his Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. L. Awe! :DAnd Jared with the school's principal, Mrs. B :)Jared's certificate reads..."Jared is such a silly boy! His sly smile and gracious attitude make him irresistible to those around him!" I have to wholeheartedly agree!!

Now, it's summer break for us. Our plans? To sleep in (maybe :D ), have fun with swim lessons and swimming/splashing with the girlies, catch up with friends also out of school, relaxing, maybe watch a new movie here and there (and we MUST have popcorn too, according to Jared ;) ), more swimming, more play time with friends and just enjoy our time together as a family! Sounds good to me :D
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