And just like that, Ellie is no longer a kindergartner. Today is Ellie’s last day at school before the summer break, and they had a school assembly where parents were invited to come along, so I broke away from work to attend.
Each grade sang us a song, and several groups were highlighted and praised for their efforts and achievements during the year. This included the top two boys and girls in each grade from Running Club, where the kids are allowed to voluntarily run around the track at recess and have their laps recorded by a teacher. Apparently, Ellie was one of the top two girl kindergartners (out of ~40) that ran the most laps throughout the year, so she got a gift card and recognition for that.
Looking back over the past year, since Ellie’s first day of school, she’s come such a long way: from barely being able to read, to reading at a mid first-grade level; from only being able to spell by memory to being able to think about how the word should be spelled by its sounds, and she has blossomed with how excited she gets about learning and sharing new things that she has learned.
She’s done remarkably well and has a bright future ahead of her.