Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Kindergarten Report

Mr. Bauer, kindergarten extraordinaire, all dressed up for career day.

If you don't like proud parent posts, please avert your eyes and go cry over the wedding post again.

If you're still with me, get ready. Yesterday was Nathan's first parent-teacher conference, during which we were handed his first report card.

Oh yeah, it's going to get good.

The boys and I sat outside the classroom door, in the hall full of hand-painted pumpkins and stories about mummies with five-year-old names scribbled on top. As kids passed, hand-in-hand with parents, Nathan spoke to them. Every single one of them.
  • "Hey, I know you! I played with you on the swings!"
  • "Hey Katherine! Is that your mom?"
  • "Hey Christopher, your little sister is so cute!"
  • "Hi! I saw you in the cafeteria. What's your name?"
Before we were seated in tiny blue chairs, Mrs. Dodd's words spilled over like she was saving them for days. She talked about how creative and artistic he was. She opened his journal as proof and page upon page, I was amazed. There were perfectly detailed scenes with sentences spelled phonetically below them.

I like tocos, too! Don't you??

Mrs. Dodd flipped to the tiger, which was yesterday morning's entry, and told us she used it as an example for the class because it was better than hers. He's five. She told him he would be a great teacher (see above photo), but encouraged him to join his love of books and drawing and become an illustrator. He's five.

Nathan's eyes lit up and mine watered as she proceeded to tick through a list of adjectives. Attentive, helpful, polite, smart, creative, eager.

Y'all. I almost cried at parent-teacher conferences.

Once he piles out of the car in the morning, he's on his own. He navigates halls, works in corners, plays at recess, and raises his hand - all by himself. Jonathan and I have released him into the wild and yesterday we got a glimpse of what that looks like.

And, as you can tell, I was pleased with what I saw.

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