(Insert the rest of Garth Brook's lyrics here)
I can't believe that next year I'll have two kids in middle school.
Today is 5th Grade Graduation, Promotion, whatever you want to call it. Yes, I know. There's only one graduation, and that's from 12th grade. Seriously, though.....if you have kids in elementary school and/or middle school then you know - they are working so much harder then we did when we were kids!! I have 2 girls who settle for nothing less then straight A's, 3's (elementary school's version of an A) and "excellent" on their report cards. That means hours of homework every day. Every day, including most weekends. With so much being done on computers now, and each kid having their own google account for school....reports and presentations are now what they used to be for college level stuff....but in grade school. Sophie gave numerous power point presentations this year. Not to mention she's learning math concepts I barely was introduced to in high school.
So, while I know it can seem silly to celebrate these odd years - kindergarten, 5th grade, and 8th grade- and call them graduations.....I am one of those parents who really appreciate how hard our kids work and the effort they put into their school work and that they really do want to learn as much as they can (speaking for my own kids here, not all kids : ), the hours of homework done to achieve their own version of excellence when they could get by ok doing much less, hours of studying, hours of putting together presentations, typing, creating graphs, charts, and slides, and realizing it's really hard to back track your online sources for those darned bibliographies (ugh)....yep....I'm one of those annoying moms who thinks all of that does indeed need to be recognized and celebrated as much as possible when the occasion arises to do so!
So, today is Sophie's 5th Grade Graduation....and we are up and getting ready for a day of celebrating all her hard work, and her last 2 days of elementary school!!
Congrats, Sophie!! We love you, and are so proud of you!!!
Pictures are from her first day of kindergarten.