Saturday, June 26, 2010

Rylee is a Kindergarten Graduate

I know, she finished school 3 weeks ago, but I've just now gone through the photos!
Rylee finished her first year of school on June 3rd, being promoted to 1st grade for the next school year. They had a graduation ceremony for the kids, which was cute. I, unfortunately, wasn't there because I was in Arizona. So, these pictures are all courtesy of Daddy.
Rylee really enjoyed her kindergarten teacher, Miss Nanny. In fact, she's called me Miss Nanny a few times.
Rylee has grown immensely over the last year. She can write very well and is reading above a 2nd grade level, whatever that mean. I just know that I can get library books and she can read them. Yeah!!! She loves reading. The girl has loved books since she was big enough to hold them. I wanted to teach her to read for a few years, but I was a little busy with two other munchkins. I'm glad she waited so she would be fully engaged in school as a kindergartener. She was so proud as she learned sounds and began recognizing words.
Rylee continues to be a social butterfly and is definitely one of the leaders in her peer group. I didn't get a lot of feedback from her teacher throughout the year, other than the occasional "she's doing great". But, once I probed a little more, I was told she was anxious to teach others, did her work quickly (she needs to take her time and be more careful), and is obedient.
She continues to amaze me as she grows. In many ways I feel like I've been missing her for the last 10 months with her being at school for so many hours each day. Just last night we went to a family night at church for a movie and pizza. I sat back and watched her and realized how much she's grown up. Sometimes I'm too hard on her and I don't let her be who God created her to be. I'm going to be working on that. I can be so critical rather than encouraging. She's a fantastic young lady.

4 comments:

  1. I love what you wrote about being glad you waited and let her learn to read in kindergarten "so she could be fully engaged." Sometimes I feel bad I don't TEACH Chickie enough. I just let her take the lead and she's naturally curious, so she's learned how to write letters pretty well, and most of her basic letter sounds. I know I might be able to teach her to do some reading, and honestly I just haven't wanted to sit down and do that. I'm not that structured! So...this relieves some guilt on my part. She does NOT need to be the most advanced kindergarten kid on day 1--there may be some drawbacks to that!

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  2. PRECIOUS!!!! She did an awesome job learning to read on a 2nd grade level. I, too, am glad you let her learn on her time. That is a way you are NOT being too tuff on her. She was able to be a kid. Which, by the way, I think we rush too much!! Enjoy your summer with her. Before you know it she'll be in 8th grade like mine.

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  3. I am so proud of her! Rylee is an awesome kid...she is so much like her mother was at that age. I am glad that she likes to read and she is going to enjoy school and learn a lot. You have given her great encouragement and I am sure will continue to do so. Great job, Rylee!
    You can write me a letter!

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  4. I am so proud of her! Rylee is an awesome kid...she is so much like her mother was at that age. I am glad that she likes to read and she is going to enjoy school and learn a lot. You have given her great encouragement and I am sure will continue to do so. Great job, Rylee!
    You can write me a letter!

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