Friday, May 25, 2012

Last Day

Today was the last day of school. So flippin' excited to not set an alarm, ease into the morning, spend time with the kiddos and have lots of fun outings... A trip to NYC with my mom to see Ricky Martin in Evita is HIGH on the list of things I'm excited about!!! 

It was also Jaxon's last day of his first year of preschool. I love his preschool. I am so happy he is there. Even though his preschool is not structured, Jaxon has learned so much. He's learned beginning sounds, rhyming words, patterns, writing his name... The list is endless. It's amazing how easy it is for little brains to learn. 

He came home today with his journal. A journal he has written in since he started school in July. We read it tonight at dinner and Jaxon was beaming from ear to ear! Me? I was tearing up. My sweet baby boy has a journal, with his drawings and his words. It is priceless. It is great to see our life through his eyes. Oh yes, it is a detailed journal of our life at home. He 'wrote' about when Lucy had an owie on her back, when the firefighters had to come to Lola's house because the smoke detectors kept going off, the rattlesnake we found, his trip to Apple Annie's, meeting his baby sister... I just wanted to burst with pride. He is so smart and his memory is amazing!! 

The cover

Jaxon's first entry. His self portrait on July 27, 2011

One of my favorite entries is about Lucy. "This is Lucy. She has long legs. My dog likes kids My dog comes out. It doesn't hide like Sofie's cate. She has a little boo-boo on her back. My parents fixed it. Maybe it was a spider. I'm allergic to horses. Not dogs."

This is my favorite entry. It is the last one. 

Notice the difference between July and May??
"Tell Me About Mommy."
"I love her. She got me a fish. We go to fairs together. We go to school together. Mommy and I play puppets. Monster puppets. I like when she does yoga. I love her. We play spinning games."

The last day of school
The first day of school

Another great thing about preschool is that their teacher wrote a letter to each of their students. Ms. Karma wrote a 2 page letter to Jaxon.  Here the highlights.

"Dear Jaxon,
From the moment I met you I knew I would adore you. We both share a passion for marine biology and books. Some of my favorite memories from this year have been reading ocean books with you and discussing traits of sharks and whales. You are so super smart that you remember facts about sea creatures and teach me something new every day. You were such a big help on our long-term water wonders project.
This has been a year of huge growth for you, as I watched you become a big brother and a four year old. ".....
"Your memory truly blows my mind. You constantly recount events and facts from months and months ago in vivid detail with specific and exciting descriptions."....
"I will continue to take my cues from you, researching your interests with you to build on and extend your learning, and providing you with hands on experiences to bring your passions alive in a meaningful way."....
My wish for you is that you always have opportunities to explore what ignites your fancy."....

I am looking forward to another great year of preschool. Next year, I will go on his field trips and hang out in his class at least once a month. Ami, Mary & I went in yesterday to read a story to the kids who were coming into kindergarten and it was so fun. It was neat to have Jaxon sitting in front of me, being a student and not my son. He told me later, "Mom, thank you for reading a story to my class. It was nice to have you there." Yup. I need to come in throughout the year next year. It's my goal. 

For now I am looking forward to the next several weeks with these two

And with this one

Not only was today was the last day of school it was also National Wine Day!  I'm tired. I'm going to sit in the hot tub and enjoy a second or third glass of wine! 


Ami said...

Soo cute that Jaxon is!! What fun to look back through his journal and see the world through his eyes!! Hooray for the last day and hip HIP hooray for National Wine Day!! You earned it. And so did I.... :)

Mary said...

I love the journal...wish we could do more of that in kindergarten!

And yes, you earned your wine : )