The Last Day of School

Today was Big Brother’s last day of school for the year. Amazingly, it’s summer holidays. And I find myself asking: How did this happen? Where did the year go?

First and Last Day of School 2012

Big Brother on the first and last day of school.

It’s hard to believe my boy will be at school full-time next year. Already. It feels like only yesterday I was dropping him off for his first day, wondering whether he was going to be happy or sad, wondering whether he’d cry and latch on to me or if he’d walk away without a backward glance. And here we are at the end of the year, with him chattering on excitedly about everything he’s going to do next year and how much he’s going to look after the little kids.

In many ways, he’s still the same little boy he was at the start of the year. I feel like he hasn’t changed at all.

But he has.

He’s more confident. He’s more imaginative. He’s more inclined to do craft and tell stories and sing songs. He’s more eager to help around the house, and to ask if he can do jobs for me.

He’s more grown up.

At the end of year Festival this morning, we were given a bundle of his drawings, paintings, and craft work that he did throughout the year. (The teachers hold on to it rather than sending it home piecemeal.) We sat down as a family and looked through his pictures, starting with the ones he did in February and working through to the more complicated pictures done over the last couple of months. The progression is striking.

And then there’s the knitted turtle he made — he did the finger-knitting and his teacher attached it to the turtle shaped body. And the beautiful sewing project — he did all the stitching on a lovely little heart-shaped pillow. He’s so very, very proud of them. And I’m so very, very proud of him.

121206 - Tristan's Artwork

Do you get all gushy at the end of a school year, or is it just me?

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4 responses to “The Last Day of School

  1. Wow… he did the knitting and stitching himself? They teach that in school? I’m a grown man and I can’t knit or stitch, and I don’t recall ever having learned to do that in school…

    Kudos on completing a year of school!

    • He goes to a Steiner Waldorf school, and the curriculum there is heavier on arts, crafts, and the natural world than mainstream public schools. While there’s still plenty of academics, they teach a love of learning through being physically connected with the world around them. It’s amazing how much maths and science can be learned through stitching, knitting, weaving, gardening, and cooking. (And they teach a love of words, stories, reading and writing through storytelling rather than worksheets and flash cards.) So “normal” schools probably don’t teach knitting or stitching anymore.

      Thanks for the kudos. I’ll pass them on. 🙂

  2. I’ll be honest here. For the first few years I got gushy. No I get annoyed that I won’t have the house to myself anymore.

    • I’m pretty sure in a week I’ll be ready for him to go back to school. Actually, I’ve already got his return date marked and circled on the calendar. (Come on, January 29!) But looking at everything he’s accomplished this year…. yeah, gushy.

      I’ll see how I’m feeling in a few years. 🙂

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