This weekend we went to the end of year party at Pebble’s Kindergarten…. and just like that, a year of kindergarten is (almost) done! I got a little teary listening to her singing – when I wasn’t chasing Rocky around!. Now she’s doing school visits and before we know it she’ll be off to Big School five days a week. All day! People say ‘enjoy them while they’re little’ but hindsight is a wonderful thing.
I asked Pebble if she could tell me some things about kindy that might help kids who are about to go to kindy for the first time. Her answers are just a little bit sweet :)
How do you make friends at kindy?
You play with each other and then after you can say “can I please be your friend?”. Cos I did that with D one day and we were playing squish squash. And she said yes.
What do you do at kindy?
You need to follow the rules at kindy. Two people are allowed on the tyre swing and one person is allowed on the other swing. And you don’t go under the making table. If you don’t follow the rules you might hurt yourself. You can’t pick the plants unless you ask the teacher. You might get told off.
What do you learn about at kindy?
About……. how to care for people. Like if a friend has lost their gumnut baby you should always help them find it.
What was your favourite thing about kindy?
The swings. And all the kid’s inventions at the making table.
What do you think you’ll like best about going to school?
Mostly just the playground.
I’d love to say a big thank you to Pebble’s kindergarten educators, they have worked so hard this year. Their constant patience, understanding, and kindness has helped Pebble to grow into the confident kid she is today. They have so often gone over and above to make this year special for the kindergarten children and their families, we will remember this time fondly.
Do you have a kindy graduate in your house this year? What advice would they give to new kindy kids?
Whispering into Rocky’s ear: I love you.
To me: That’s for him and then when he opens his mouth ‘I love you’ will pass on to you, then you will whisper it to Daddy and Daddy will whisper it to me and it will go around and around and around.
To Dad on the phone: I miss you, I love you, I want you, you are my best friend, bye bye!
While watching the Admiral on top of his ‘ship’ in Mary Poppins: Why isn’t he on his real boat?
Me: Maybe he’s a bit confused. I think that he thinks that is his boat.
Pebble: Daddy says it’s because he’s old. And I think that he is old because I looked at him and his face looks all squashy.
Pebble – 3 years, 5 months – I have no idea what this expression is!?
Rocky – 16 weeks – happy little dude (though that might not have been the usual this week!).
A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013
My friend Tinkerbell is hughnormous. She is the same age as my scooter! In Pebble’s language, age = height.
While in the doctor’s waiting room, gearing herself up to talk to another kid: I’m going over there to talk to that girl. I’m going to ask what’s your name, and then she’ll ask what’s my name and then I’ll say let’s play together.
While watching a TV show where the characters are playing in the snow: But where is Father Christmas? I thought snow meant it was Christmas time?
I’m tired. I’m really, really tired. I need a sleep. But I don’t want to sleep. But I’m soooo tired.
Mummy! My scooter is shrinking! First it was up to here (holds hands up to chest height) and now it’s up to here (holds hands up to waist height).
[Rocky] is splendid. That means great and good. Splendid!
Her takeaway thoughts on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves:
Now that she married the prince he has to share the horse with her. That’s good.
It has been really hard trying to get my fingers to the keyboard lately. I have been very lucky to have so many guest posts, but now they have run dry and it’s just me. Hi! I miss writing very, very much, and will be happy to be writing more blog posts soon. I’m not making any promises, I’ll do what I can do. What I CAN do lots of is post on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest, so if you’re really hanging out for some updates you can visit me there :)
Finding the time to grab a pen and write down Pebble’s musings has also fallen by the way side this month. Here is a collection of things that I know she has said many times lately :)
I want to see the baby!
Can I cuddle the baby?
Can I cuddle him again?
Where’s the baby?
Awww, he’s so soft.
I didn’t want him to wake up! Put him back to bed (only said this once. So far).
Play with me.
Can we have a visitor today? (I guess that visitors have been so frequent that she is expecting them every day!).
What a lovely dinner that Mummy made us(awww, don’t you just love unprompted manners?)