I just wanted to share what a sweet day today was for us. It was our first ever Kindergarten Graduation Day! (We get to do it again next year with our youngest).
I decided to do this for several reasons:
1. I needed some incentive to organized the school work the girls did all year long.
2. I wanted the girls to be able to see how much they have accomplished and grown.
3. I wanted them to share with the family all that they have done and our proud of.
4. I wanted them to know how proud Dad and I were of them.
5. It gave us closure for the year, so that now we are all ready to move on to the next thing.
So, I went through all of their lessons and put them in a binder for each girl. I had started out doing this at the beginning of the year but got out of the habit and by the end of the year all of their lessons were paper clipped together and stuffed in the binders. Then I pulled out their best art work and put it up on the school room walls. We also had up all the words to remember badges and the memory verse for the year. I put up for each girl, their 7 days of creation art work, 100's chart, life cycle paperwork and few other things that reflected their work from the year.
Then, we invited the grandparents over, prayed, had brunch, and invited them to sit for the show. Oh, also this morning I sat down with the girls and we came up with a name for our homeschool that they love. It's on my tag now: Stars of Grace Academy. That was so exciting. They want to make t-shirts this summer, lol!
My dd6 (the K-er) recited all her Words To Remember for the year (all 26 lessons), sang the Days of the Week song, the Months of the Year song, the B-I-B-L-E song and the Water Cycle song. Her little sister (the pre k-er) was supposed to sing with her, but got cold feet at the last minute:-)
After the singing and me talking about My Father's World and how awesome it isl, we let everyone walk around and view the girls work and look at their binders. The girls were so proud of all that they had accomplished, it was such a wonderful moment for my dd6. Her confidence soared, and she just seemed to grow up right before my eyes. sniff, sniff. It was kind of awesome and I am so thankful to God for allowing me the opportunity to homeschool my kiddos, teach them about His love for them and this beautiful world he has for us and about Jesus sacrifice and salvation.
It was such a wonderfully sweet culmination of the year's work, and I guess I just wanted to share with you all. I know I am encouraged so much here and have gotten so many ideas throughout the year that we have used. Maybe someone can use these ideas to create their own end of year celebration!
Postby spaldingclan » Sun Apr 24, 2011 8:40 pm
You know I was thinking about this later and realized something. I had my list of reasons why we did the graduation, but God's list was a little different. He was working on all of our hearts, including my dear husband. He has really embraced our homeschool adventure and is now leading it as our "Superintendent"! He signed the girls diplomas right along with me and stood next to me while we presented them to the girls. We have been on quite a journey these past couple of years leading up to this point of total acceptance of the Lord's direction for our lives with my husband at the head of our family (right under God that is). Everytime I think about how far we have come I just want to cry and get down on my knees and thank Him!
Have a wonderful Easter!
**Stars of Grace Academy**
happily married to dh since 1995
mom to 3 outgoing daughters:
dd1 age 14: Freshman at PS
dd2 age 6 1/2: currently in MFW1, finished MFWK
dd3 age 5: currently in MFWK