Yesterday was Orange’s final day of 3-year-old preschool. We’ve had such a fun year. She attended the free preschool program our local school district offers on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Over the course of just nine months she learned so many things I’m not even sure I can list them all. Some big ones though are letter and number recognition. She knows how to both write and spell her name. (Granted, she has an easy one but still.) Most surprisingly though she’s learning a lot about the sounds associated with letters to the point of grasping the concept of spelling. She can write about 90% of the alphabet and over the summer we are going to start writing letters to a pen pal (a super fun little girl just 11 days older than Lil that lives in Washington. Her momma and I are close blogging friends and have met in real life once before.)
Orange has grown up in a lot of ways this school year. She has learned how to handle her independence. She has learned about sharing and manners (In fact, she frequently helps me remember.) as well as many other aspects of social behavior. She has physically grown several inches, a full shoe size and almost two sizes up in clothes. She had her first big kid hair cut, her first “boyfriend” and even started picking “best friends.” She discovered a love for science and experimenting. Over Mother’s Day weekend, she taught Nana Bear and Papa Bear all about inertia.
To conclude her school year, her teacher hosted a picnic at a local park. Pink and Purple were thrilled to get to run around with the big kids. Princess Daddy was lucky enough to get a day off midweek from Mr. Boss. It was perfect weather. The day was surreal for this momma. Here I am flying through life practically and sometimes a moment just hits you: the moment your oldest daughter is singing her preschool “Goodbye” song to conclude a mini concert they just did and realizing after singing the song twice a week for the last 30 weeks or so that it’s over. Preschool is over.
Her next step is Pre-K. She turns 4 in just one month. Her classroom will change because of some district restructuring but we are blessed and excited to have the same teacher next year (although, we will likely have a new teacher’s aide.) Her new schedule will be Monday thru Thursday from 12:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. I am hoping with Pink and Purple being more mobile and communicating better that next school year I can help out in the classroom a few times. Only time will tell.
I know it’s still a full year away but the fact that kindergarten is so quickly approaching has taught me one very important lesson: SLOW DOWN! I’m trying to focus on being with my kids now because wow, it really has just flown by.
So, here’s to the summer!!!