Sunday, June 6, 2010

Everything I Need to Know in Life, I Learned in Kindergarten!

Emmalee on the first day of kindergarten

Emmalee (less than thrilled to be posing AGAIN in front of the sign) on the last day of kindergarten
Emmalee's first year of school has gone by much too quickly. It is so hard to believe that she is going to be in first grade next year, which is way more grown up than just being a kindergartner!!! She has learned so much this year and has grown in so many ways. We are very proud of the student and friend she has been over the past year and look forward to all she has ahead of her in the future. Here are some of the life lessons she learned over the past year, as well as some of her kindergarten accomplishments:

*She learned that teachers really are looking out for the best interest of their students. We COULDN'T have asked for a better teacher!
*She was a Terrific Kid in September for being Thoughtful.
*She was the STAR student in her class.
*She got "Caught Being Good" numerous times, and won a special award from Mrs. Brobst, the principal.
*She qualified for the gifted program test, but we decided she might benefit from waiting another year or so, as she is really hard on herself.
*She LOVES art and is very advanced in her skills.
*She learned that not all kiddos have the same rules and expectations at home, but the rules/expectations we have set for her have made her an asset in class.
*She learned that kids are not always nice, but it is important to do what you know is right instead of popular.
*She learned that sometimes adults make mistakes, and the ones that matter most make sure they apologize when they do.
*She learned that she is truly gifted in the area of writing.
*She learned that reading to others can be just as fun as someone reading to her.
*She learned that to be a good friend, sometimes you have to sacrifice for them, as well as be there for the important times, like her best friend Lucy's baptism.
*She wants to be a veterinarian, artist, and mom when she grows up.
*She learned courage, strength, and bravery in the face of adversity from her P.E. teacher, who is battling ALS. She also learned to be appreciative for what you have, because to someone else, that might just be the one thing they wish they could do just one more time, again from Coach K.
*She amazes us every single day at what she has leaned and what inferences she makes just from the world around her.
*She is truly a miracle, and we couldn't be more proud!