Eli's preschool had an end of the year celebration; and it was very cute/sweet. But - is it really "graduating" if he's repeating the class? Ha!
Eli will repeat the same class next year, since he's too young for our state's pre-k. The ceremony it self was really cute and quirky...which, I'm sure you can imagine is generally the case for a three year old class. Academically, he's ready for much more than pre-k; we probably could get a waiver for early entry. BUT we really don't want to rush him. Whether Eli would benefit academically or not, I want him to truly enjoy being a kid. A kid who paints, listens to stories, and plays outside. His version of playing is a little different than most kids his age, but the freedom of childhood, IMHO is nothing to be rushed. There will be plenty of time for Eli to feel the pressure/stress of studying and school. While Patrick and I DO let him explore academics as part of his normal playtime, we're letting him lead the way into what he wants to know. We have been using several Montessori activities with him, though he often chooses to do other "stuff." Right now, we are also encouraging him to explore, play in the dirt, and to use his imagination. Mostly, at least this week, he's been interested in caring for his plants, cooking, visiting the hardware store (he likes to look at and learn about tools), and learning to read directions/recipes.
So, it will be fun to see him"graduate" again next year. I can't believe how much he is thriving in the new school, and this change was definitely a great one. His teachers are very supportive and accommodating. Still, it's funny to see his work coming home. One day, the children were learning about shapes and gluing foam shapes to a piece of construction paper. Eli's work came home, and I of course, remarked how wonderful it was ( as all parents do with preschool art). Eli looked at me, puzzled, and said " but you have it upside down!". I turned it over, only to realize that he had glued his shapes in such a way as to make the number 50. This definitely cracked me up...and might very well go on my classroom wall next year!