Woohoo! Now I am fully aware that in roughly two weeks I'm likely going to be wishing for school to start again, but right now I'm super excited for the summer break and all the good things that are going to happen. Okay, I'm excited about our beach holiday, staying up late, fireworks, jumping on the trampoline, picnics, parks, bike riding, running in the sprinkler, eating raspberries from our garden, family movie nights, swimming, popsicles and all those things, but right now I'm most excited about not having to pack a lunch every evening!!!
Adeline LOVED kindergarten and she loved her teacher. She told me recently that Monday was her favourite day of the week. She told me "I like hanging out with you guys, but on Mondays I get to go back to school, so it's my favourite". I hope she always feels that way!
Saying goodbye to her current school was strange for me. I HAD to find something else for her as I knew it wasn't good for her spirit, her heart or her brain and I was thrilled when she got into the private school of our choice, but now I'm feeling quite nostalgic about her kindergarten. It certainly wasn't all bad, her teacher was wonderful and Adeline learned many things. Her teacher, as well as lots of other staff members from her school, are moving on this year, so I think I'm not the only one who realized that things just weren't right there. It's a bad combination of a government who has stripped education to the bare bones and a demographic of children and families who could use a higher than average level of support all adding up to a very stressful environment where most children are not able to meet their potential whether they're a bright kid like Adeline who is held back or a child with extra needs who struggles and gets no help. But still...I was a touch misty saying goodbye to kindergarten. I guess it's the known versus the unknown and just another milestone in my girl's growing up.
Adeline was just plain sad on the last day of school, but she is excited to be in Grade One and she's excited about her move to her new school. Hopefully we can distract her with summer fun and she won't miss school too much!