Jun 3, 2009

I'm the proud mother of a graduate!

Please allow me to brag about my kid for a minute! :)

On my birthday, Kade graduated from preschool! His class had a cute little ceremony on the last day of school. I could tell by the look on Kade's face that he was so proud of himself!

I think that school isn't going to come easy for Kade. He really has to work hard to learn, and quite a few times during the last year he has gotten very frustrated with things like colors, shapes, letters, and numbers. He's very smart, but he learns things in his own time. He is determined, though, and each time he learns something new, I can tell that he is getting more and more sure of himself!

During his year at preschool, he accomplished so much! He learned how to write his own name without any help, he can recognize the numbers 0-10, he knows the sounds that about 15-20 letters make, he can color inside the lines, he can rhyme words, do some sign language, and has even shown improvement recognizing the colors red and green. (His optometrist said that Kade probably has red-green color blindness, so being able tell those colors apart is a very good sign!!!) I also learned that some of his strong points in school are going to be determination to follow the rules, and to finish his projects! I waited after school many days for Kade to finish something he was working on. Putting something aside to finish later is something we'll have to work on :)

We wanted to thank his two teachers in a very special way for all that they have done for Kade. We decided to make them a keepsake card/mini album, with pictures of Kade, and statements by him about the year.

For each card, I cut a piece of scrapbook paper down to 9x12 inches. Folded in half, that made the cover. Then I folded two pieces of colored paper and put them inside. I stapled the spine. Kade traced the words on the front, and drew the pictures himself. Then he signed his name.

Here are the inside pages (Kade decorated them all with stamps):

The last page is my favorite!
He finished these sentences:

I like Miss _____ because:
Miss _____ is good at:
Miss _____ taught me:

The answers were really cute! Then we (my mom helped) stamped his hand print and wrote, "A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, touches a Heart."

I think they turned out really cute, they were quick to put together, and his teachers are going to love them!

I'd love to hear if you have any other ideas for easy-to-make teachers gifts! If you are a teacher- what were some of the things you loved receiving from your students?


Julia Marie said...

Cute cards :)
I used photoshop and it was super easy, but I think you could do it in gimp or something else free.
Used the automate feature to stitch the pictures into a panorama, then flipped it upside down and squished it into a square. Photoshop has a polar coordinates feature - which 'planetized' my panorama.

Mountain Home Quilts said...

So sweet! Congrats on his graduation!

Love Kpop said...

I know there will be many difficulties and challenges but I am determined to do it. If it does not succeed then it will be a lesson for me as well