Around this time a year ago, my little boy was graduating from preschool. A lot of my friends thought it was weird that kids actually graduate from what essentially amounts to daycare (their words, not mine), but it was a proud day for me nonetheless. My son had attended the school since he was two, where he did start out as a mere daycare student. They started Pre-K learning around age three, and he really blossomed in those two years. He started the daycare center unable to say little more than “Mama” because he had a speech delay. Within a few months, he was talking non-stop, and while I do have to that the Easter Seals program for some of that progress, I really believe being with his peers and learning from a woman who spent her life around children played a huge role in helping him learn to talk.

Here is a picture of him around the time he first started, at age 2:

 

Throughout his three years at the school (which he now refers to as “little school’), Jake learned more than just his ABC’s and numbers. He had teachers from all over the world, learned about their cultures, and even learned Spanish. He went on more class trips in one summer there than he has all year in kindergarten (actually, he hasn’t gone on a single one in kindergarten, so that’s not saying much!). The school took those children everywhere, from historical farms to apple orchards to movies and live performances. The teachers were all supportive and very down-to-earth.   They made a huge deal of graduation day, really went all out. The teachers read poems and gave speeches. The children all wore caps and gowns, did various song numbers, and they even had an older child hand out “totem animals” that he came up with for each child. Jake was a clown fish, totally fitting since he was always the class clown. It was a really special day. I, of course, balled my eyes out the entire time. Even the school director cried during her speech.

Here is a picture of Jake on graduation day, before he actually put on his fancy clothes (hence the jeans and Spiderman socks):

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