Monday, August 22, 2011

This morning, I hugged my baby and watched her go off to kindergarten.

As she begins this new adventure at a new school, I hope so many things for her.
  • I hope that we have prepared her well for the challenge, both academically and socially.  I am thankful for all the help we have received, from grandparents, from the preschool that nurtured her and taught her so well, from friends and community and books.  Although I can't help but worry that I haven't done enough or haven't done the right things, I hope that she will flourish anyway.
  • I hope that we have chosen the right environment for her, where she will be encouraged and nurtured, but challenged to be her best, where she will feel comfortable and secure, but where she will be go beyond her comfort zone to prove to herself what she can do.
  • I hope that she develops a healthy attitude about school and learning, embracing things that don't come easily and committing to master skills that require practice and diligence.
  • I hope that she lets her enthusiasm for life and her curious spirit guide her, and that she shares those with others, to inspire them as she inspires me.
  • I hope that she allows her teachers and classmates to see and know the real person I love and treasure so much.  And I hope that she gives her teachers and classmates a chance to show their true selves to her, so that she may grow to love and treasure them as friends.
  • I hope that she will have confidence and be sure of herself.  In moments when she doubts, I hope that she will quickly remember how special she is, and that the things that make her unique are the things that make her the very special person she is.
  • I hope that she will respect others and be kind and sensitive to their feelings.
  • I hope that she will be assertive and stand up for herself.  And I hope that she will stand up for others who need help.
  • I hope that she will use her manners and remember to say please, thank you, and sorry. 
  • I hope that she will forgive others when they forget to use their manners or do things that are hurtful.
  • I hope that she will listen well, observe, reflect, and cooperate.
  • I hope that she will join in and participate, and I hope that she will invite others to participate when they need encouragement.
  • I hope that she will concentrate and focus when learning.  But I hope she will free her mind and let her imagination carry her away during free time.
  • I hope that she will embrace her creativity and continue to find creative ways to express herself.
  • I hope that she will know how proud of her I am and how much I love her.
This is my kindergartener.  May the world be kind to her, and may she do great things.


  1. The kiddo starts kindergarten on Friday. I don't know if it's because he went to a school-based preschool last year, but I don't feel as emotional about him going off to school this year. Maybe I will when Friday rolls around. Good luck to Big Sister. I'm sure she'll have a blast!

  2. That was a beautiful send-off for your daughter. My little girl started kindy this week too, and it is a bitter-sweet milestone to say the least. Best wishes to your big Kindergartener!