Well, friends - it happened. Luke finished Kindergarten!
He has had THE BEST year and we are beyond grateful for his amazing, caring and passionate teacher. He has blossomed socially, grown by leaps and bounds academically and has gained some serious confidence.
In his first year of Pre-K Luke was typically the "come on kid". Come on, Luke - we're lining up. Come on, Luke - we're all putting our blocks away, Come on, Luke - it's time to switch centers.
We struggled with and prayed endlessly about the decision for him to do a second round of PreK and ultimately decided on having him do PreK again. (I blogged all about our decision HERE).
It has been so rewarding to see Luke grow and mature this year. He LOVES school and has been a leader in his class.
He listens well, follows directions easily and compliantly and has come into his own. His pencil grip and handwriting has improved tenfold and his math skills are still off the charts.
He is socially aware (but not self conscious) and has made TONS of friends.
We 100% know that we made the right decision for Luke and are grateful to have him home with us for an extra year as well. :)
I love that this year he seems more "himself" - much more confident and mature and less impulsive and self-focused. He has genuinely loved Kindergarten and we feel so blessed by the entire experience.
Last night he had a Kindergarten Graduation ceremony and it was so much fun.
He gets the wave from me :)
Both sections of MCA Kindergarten.
Receiving his diploma from the Lower School Principal, Mr. Hydock.
And receiving a hug from the AMAZING Mrs. Hamilton.
Sister bear running amok. Because no matter how many games, snacks, etc. I bring to things like this - homegirl wants to be FREE!!!
Mason entertained himself with Cynthias glasses :)
Throughout the ceremony I was reminded of how grateful I am for the opportunity Dave and I have to send our kids to a Christian School. Hearing his teachers and administrators pray over the kids, watching kids being honored for living a "Kingdom Life" and listening to the sweet voices of the class of 2027 recite the 26 verses that they've learned to go along with the alphabet made my heart swell with gratitude and pride. And don't even get me started on watching them all belt out, "Oh, Happy Day" complete with hand motions. :)
Again with the wave!
Turning his tassel.
I love that he always looks for me and smiles :)
Mason dancing for Mrs. Anderson (his Pre-K teacher for next year). He was doing a "Pre-K dance".
One last wave :)
Knox has been one of Luke's best friends this year.
We were so glad that Gram, Papa Mac, Grandma and Granny were able to come! How special to have both sets of grandparents and two great grandmother's at your Kindergarten graduation!
Lincoln! I have a feeling we'll be seeing lots of this kid over the summer. :)
My mom took one pic of the three of us.... thankfully we're kind of looking. hahaha
This girl was tuckered out by the end. We popped the paci in and she was zoning.
And we always love it when we get to spend time with Uncle Stephen and Cynthia. They looooooove my kids and I know the feelings are mutual :)
One last hug on the way out.
It was getting darn (and windy), but we snapped one last picture with Gibi and Haha.
I still can't believe that he's in the number grades! I feel like PreK and Kinder are still "little", but first grade is the big leagues. Luke is so ready for first grade and I'm so ready to see him grow, mature and learn even more. Happy Graduation, LukeMan!!!