Friday, May 29, 2009
Memoirs of an Ex-Kindergartner
Yesterday was bittersweet. Evan's last official day of Kindergarten. Man, this year went by SO fast! It seems like just a few weeks ago we were taking him in for the first time..the nervous yet excited look on his face...his eyes still puffy from sleep...new supplies and clothes. That wasn't really a whole school year ago, was it?
Well, it's safe to say that he thoroughly enjoyed his Kindergarten year. He had an amazing, precious teacher and had no trouble at all adapting to a school schedule. He gave 100% in everything he did and made excellent grades in everything. We heard from his principal yesterday that he qualified for the Gifted & Talented program as a kindergartner...something they usually don't even test for until 2nd grade! Wow, talk about making a mama and a daddy PROUD!
I sat down with him the day before his last day of Kindergarten and conducted an "interview" with him. This is how it went:
Q: What was your favorite subject to learn?
A: Math and computer
Q: What will you miss the most about Kindergarten?
A: Mrs. Cyprian and my classmates
Q: What was your favorite party this year?
A: Fall Festival and the Christmas party
Q: Who was your best friend in your class:
A: Isaac Duran
Q: What was your favorite thing to do in P.E.?
A: Friday Fun Day - whenever you get to choose what you want to do.
Q: What food from the cafeteria was the best?
A: Fruit salad, hot dogs, pizza, corn dogs, chilimac
Q: What food from the cafeteria was the worst?
A: Fish sticks and Buckaroo Burgers didn't really have a taste.
Q: Did you ever get scared at school this year?
A: Yes, when we had Mrs. Mauldin for a substitute and I really didn't want to get in trouble.
Q: What was your favorite book, either one you checked out from the library or one that was read to you, this year?
A: "Chester's Way" by Kevin Henkes
Q: What's it about?
A: It's about whenever there were two little boys, Chester and Wilson, and they liked all the same things and did everything together. Then one day, a girl moved in named Lilly. She said, "I am the Queen and I like everything." They didn't think they would like her because she had her own way of doing things. She never went anywhere without a water gun in her pocket. She never left the house without tying her shoes. Whenever she was on one side of the street, Chester and Wilson would go to the other side. She always wore disguises so no one would know who she was, and she disguised her voice on the phone. One day, they asked her if she wanted to play with them. She said, "No, I'm too busy right now." One time, they had a sleepover and had toast and jam. Chester and Wilson made a little person out of their toast, but Lilly said, "Boring!" She had her own way of doing that too. She got some cookie cutters and cut her toast in those shapes.
One day when Chester and Wilson were riding their bikes, some other boys started being bullies to them and popping wheelies. Then all of a sudden out of the bushes, a big cat with a water gun jumped out and squirted the bullies. The cat was really Lilly in a disguise! They decided to be good friends then.
At the end of the story, a boy named Victor moved into their neighborhood. Lilly, Chester, and Wilson hid and watched Victor chase butterflies and wondered if they would be friends with him too.
Q: Are you excited about starting 1st grade next year?
A: Yes. I'll be ready to see my friends again.