Goodbye Kindergarten

So we’re into the first week in June and I’m just wondering who could tell me where the time has gone? As Hope just finished Kindergarten this past week, I was reminded of Hope’s first day of school. I’ve been amazed with how much she has learned this year. She’s grown by leaps and bounds and seems to have enjoyed every moment of her first year in school.

On the last day of school, Hope’s school holds a parade for Memorial day. I thought you all might be interested in seeing Hope in this video performing with some of her kindergarten classmates. It’s not the best view – but I was battling hundreds of parents for a good view. :o)

And Hope came home from school the last day proclaiming she was “famous” after having been featured for a split second on the WESH news about her school’s parade. Of course I couldn’t resist recording it to share. She’s in the video towards the end just after the large stars & stripe hat and just before the bagpipes.

Of course, Hope had a blast in Kindergarten. She loved it and looked forward to going to school every day. She had fun learning, spending time with her friends and of course she admired her teacher. So on the last day of school she clearly started preparing for the summer break so that it was somewhat like kindergarten. She created her own mailbox like they had in class. She expressed an interest in keeping a journal so she uses her mailbox to put her journal entries in a safe place that we can find easily. I must admit I truly admired seeing her create her own behavior chart that is virtually identical to what they had in class.

Now she proudly lets us know she wants to be in the “green” all day (in other words being good).

Of course we’ll be finding ways to keep Hope busy this summer. We’ve already signed her up for gymnastics, swim lessons as well as art classes at Crealde. We’re also expecting family to visit for a bit this summer so we imagine she’s going to have a fun summer break before she starts first grade.

Most of you have heard, but in case you haven’t, I recently finished a book to commemorate Hope’s experiences in kindergarten. This book which will certainly be something we cherish for many years to come. I was fortunate to have the cooperation of her teacher and Hope and her classmates during times I was able to visit some of this year’s kindergarten events. The book ended up being 140 pages and before I’ve even received the printed copy of the book their staff has featured the book as a “staff pick”. It features various events throughout the year and highlights many moments with Hope and her classmates. If you’re interested you can get your hands on your own copy of the the book or download a 15 page preview. I’ll be sure to share a better sneak peak of the book once I get my printed copy this week. If you’re interested in seeing a few of the kindergarten photos I’ve posted in flickr you can check them out online.

So we’re proud, yet a bit sad, to finally part with her days as a Kindergartner. Goodbye Kindergarten – you’ve definitely left us with some amazing memories!

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June 7, 2008 - 10:24 pm

Phyllis Hanson - Amanda, that is pretty darn amazing. Let me see, Savannah is 15 now and I’ve yet to even put her photos in an album- much less create one digitally. What a great remembrance of a special year for Hope! You’re such a good Mommy! ;o)

June 8, 2008 - 3:54 am

Amanda Kern - Thanks Phyllis. Well, I hate to admit it but I haven’t finished any photo album or scrapbooks for Hope either. I have had the guilt trip for not finishing her baby scrapbook for the longest time. I really enjoy scrapbooking but between the fact that it is time consuming, things easily fall out of the books, and that I couldn’t easily duplicate the scrapbooks so Hope and I would each have our own copy I really never devoted as much time to doing them. In fact, I have a ton of scrapbook supplies sitting in my closet waiting to be used. But NOW that there are sites like blurb that allow you to self publish I’d so much rather create a book that becomes a keepsake and as you can see in the preview I am able to design it with photoshop in a way that it can be similar to a scrapbook. With this project I approached the first half of it like a scrapbook and the last half solely featured including the imagery so that it was more like a “photo album”. And the best part of it all is that it’s not any extra work for me to duplicate the book so I can order a copy for myself, Hope and then also share it with her classmates, her teacher, and our family & friends.

And though I’d hate to admit how much time I spent working on it between planning the ideas for it, taking the photos, and then creating the layouts in photoshop – it was so worth every minute of it. I’m finding that with the more books I create, the faster I become at creating them and blurb makes it super easy to create the book. In fact, so easy that I’m planning on now creating separate books for Jaylen and Hope’s first year and then a separate book for each year after. If you haven’t tried creating a blurb book – I highly recommend it. I’ve been quite pleased with both how easy they are to create and the final end results of each one I’ve created.

June 8, 2008 - 8:50 pm

Barbara Peterson - Hi Amanda and Phyllis,
I’ve been at this a lot longer than either of you and regardless of whether you put pictures in a scrapbook or not if you are there for your kids – as both you two are – they will be just fine. Remember there was a time when no one had baby books and people survived. But isn’t it great that we have all these pictures to totally embarrass them at their weddings, graduations or whatever! Been there done that!

June 9, 2008 - 10:57 am

k. simari - awwww. that is so cute! She will treasure that forever. I was thinking about doing something like this for my daughter and her friends. they got to OCSA (Osceola County School for The Arts) and the yearbook there is almost $80.00 and my daughter refuse to get it because i guess the yearbook committee only featured themselves and their friends… it would be cool to let her take some photos with her and her friends and we could make her own little yearbook! This is a really cool idea. i love it. and you are a good mommy!!! :)

June 9, 2008 - 4:52 pm

Mandy - Aw, it’s so cute that Hope wants to be in school during the summer!

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