Before I had kids, I heard about this phenomenon of "kindergarten graduation." And, to be honest, I didn't quite understand it. It sounded like yet another reason I'd have to sit in a hot, school gym and book an afternoon off work. Kind of annoying, in fact.
Back in the '80s, we didn't have any ceremonies, gowns or stapled-together hats to mark moving on to grade one. Was this a sign of our over-congratulatory culture? But then I had a kid and I quickly realized finishing kindergarten is a big deal and well-worth celebrating.
For my kid, kindergarten was a transition year -- from daycare to a much more structured school setting. Finishing kindergarten meant saying good-bye to the sand box and music station and hello to sitting in rows, chalkboards and workbooks. I felt like she was about to take a huge leap into big-kid territory.
And, to be honest, she struggled in grade one. It was hard for her to get used to the new rules and all the sitting down and being still. For the first time, she talked about not liking school. Thankfully, she got used to it and eventually adjusted.
So while my daughter was grinning ear to ear over her accomplishments, the attention and applause during her grad, I was a little teary as I silently watched her take a big step forward in the world.
As the school year comes to a close across Canada, many parents are sitting in sweaty gyms, watching their five-year-olds graduate, just like I did many moons ago. A big hug to all of you witnessing a major milestone and congratulations to the cutest graduates.
In honour of the Class of 2016, we've rounded up some sweet Instagram photos.
So proud of my Parks and his best friend Ryan!!! I really thought kindergarten was going to be a struggle but he did so well! Thanks @baldwinliz for taking great care of my baby, maybe if you're lucky you'll have them both next year!!! #redcarpet #kindergartengraduation #nextstep #sk #proudmom #growinguptoofast #brothers #bestfriends
My original baby! I can't believe that next year I'll have a 6 year old in grade 1!!! What an amazing adventure kindergarten has been for both of us. I remember his first day 2 years ago. We both cried at drop-off. Fast forward, and we're both stronger and he's so independent. He's learned so much both academically and emotionally. I can't wait to continue to watch my sweet, caring, high-energy boy grow and learn!
My son's eyes were so big looking at me. I felt so proud my son saw me graduate. The look on his face made me feel so good about the things I endured to get my degree. My son saw me graduate college; thanks lord. My son looked at me as if he didn't understand why I was wearing the cap and gown, but I knew he would understand it one day. Now, I've been proud of many things in life but nothing beats seeing you graduate in my graduation cap! #LoveHim #ProudMom #LetTheJourneyBegin #AidenQuintero #MrGrumps #KindergartenGraduation #MovingUpCeremony #EnjoyingTheSmallThings #ALittleBitSad #ALittleBitExcited #TheBeginningOfANewAdventure #ClassOf2016
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