The Tragic Optimist

Kindergartner no more

Today was Zoe’s last day of kindergarten.  For the past few weeks, she’s been oscillating between being really excited about the end of the year, and then really sad about the end of the year.  Last night, she excitedly told me that when she left the school today, she’d be a first grader.  This morning, she told me she was going to wear “sad clothes.”

"Sad clothes" for Zoe: a dress and black tights.  Also a jacket because this year, summer has refused to actually arrive.

“Sad clothes” for Zoe: a dress and black tights. Also a jacket because this year, summer has refused to actually arrive.

She was pretty chipper after school, though.  Especially since she now knows that her best friend would be in her class again next year.

It’s crazy to think back over the year about all that she’s learned: She’s reading now, and writing.  She’s started doing adding and subtracting, and lots of pattern recognition.  She did her first library research (a report on horses).  Her drawings are getting to be as good as mine (not that I’m a particularly amazing artist.  At all).  She asks great questions and is curious about things.  I can’t wait to see what she learns in first grade, but for now, she gets a bit of a well-deserved summer vacation.

"I am proud of my reading!  I can read a lot of stuff!"

From her writing journal:  “I am proud of my reading! I can read a lot of stuff!”

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  1. It’s amazing what kids can learn in a year. Good job, Zoe!

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