Tee was out sick for a week this month and the last day of school was the 18th, so I don’t think a lot of new stuff happened in June. She mostly worked on her reading, practiced cutting and pin pushing, and did some practical life exercises like mixing colours and pouring. She did do a unit on summer and bees.
The kids also coloured maps of Canada and the provinces and practiced our national anthem in preparation for Canada Day. Tee’s looking forward to standing up and proudly singing “O Canada” on Tuesday!
Tee’s last journal entry was a portrait of her family. Here we all are together! (Her teacher wrote down what Tee dictated, then Tee traced over the letters.)
Her last day of school ended with a fun celebration party. We had originally planned to go to the waterpark, but rain got in the way so instead the whole group of kids and parents descended on a local indoor play centre and went bananas. Keira got to come along, and they both had a fantastic time!
From September to June
Wow! It’s hard to believe a whole school year has come and gone. From two afternoons a week and plenty of tears, we’ve progressed to four afternoons and even registered for full days starting in September. Back when Tee first started preschool, I had to carry her down the stairs to the door. Now she kisses me and Keira goodbye and cheerfully trots down the stairs to knock on the door all by herself. She wouldn’t talk to anybody back in September, and now she fits right in with her peer group and plays every day with all the other kids. I can see the difference in her self-confidence and ability to make friends in other situations.
She finishes her first year of school having learned so much! She can:
- Count to 100 (gleefully, at the top of her lungs, every time she gets in the car)
- (Almost) write her numbers from 0-10.
- Do single digit addition and subtraction (like 5 + 7 or 6 – 3).
- Write and sound out all the letters of the alphabet.
- Read three and four letter words.
- Draw recognizable people with heads, all 4 limbs, faces, and hair. Sometimes they even have torsos!
- Colour inside the lines.
- Sort multiple items according to size, length, colour, and sound.
- Shake hands and use appropriate manners.
- Perform a whole host of gross and fine motor skills – pouring, using tongs, using tweezers, cutting fruit, folding, sweeping, sewing, sorting, etc.
- Make friends and play cooperatively.
We want to extend our special thanks and gratitude to Ms. Ranj for all her help, guidance, and support this year. Tee’s looking forward to seeing you and all the other children again in September!