Today you are sixty-four months old. This is your last newsletter as a preschooler; in only a few short days, you will officially be a ‘kindergartener’!
It was just last month I remember remarking to another parent that I’d been singing you the same sleepy songs every night since you were only a few months old, and that the time couldn’t be far away when you would decide those songs were too babyish for you. Well, the time has come! After a few nights when you requested no sleepy songs whatsoever, I thought to mention to you that I could sing other songs, not just simple lullabies about the moon and sheep and water. So now, you get to request whatever songs you like at bedtime! Your current favourites are two songs from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: Benjamin Calypso (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH0OimqrSnM) and One More Angel in Heaven. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0lJV4vOkAQ). Best part? You sing along. Ending every day by singing with you is pretty awesome!
Some other big adventures this past month include seeing the Snowbirds doing an aerial display over Nanaimo, watching the RCMP Musical Ride, and going to the Comox Air Show with your dad, Grandpa, and “Excellent Uncle Rick” (isn’t that a more fun term than ‘Great Uncle’?). It’s pretty neat that you are at an age to enjoy and appreciate all these events, and I really love sharing them with you (though I was more than happy to skip the air show and have a day to myself with an empty house – ahhh!). Hanging out with you is more fun all the time as you become more mature and interesting, and we get to have some really cool conversations.
One fascinating conversation we had recently demonstrates the side of your personality most people don’t get to see – your calm, thoughtful side. Most people see your energetic, fun-loving side – it’s obvious, and it’s almost always on. But there is another side to you, where you think very deeply about things, and want to understand how things are going to work, and how you fit in to it all (so much like me!). Recently, we got a letter in the mail from your new elementary school, that included a questionnaire about your likes, dislikes, habits, knowledge, etc. This is all part of the kindergarten entry process and the information from the questionnaire, as well as an interview we will attend with your potential teachers, will be used to determine which class and teacher you end up with. A couple of the questions, “What are your child’s favourite stories?”, and “What activities does your child enjoy?” I decided to ask you directly rather than try to guess. So I explained what the questionnaire was and who it was from and what it was for, and asked you about favourite stories and activities. You gave me good answers, but you also saw that there were lots of other questions on the sheet. You wanted to know what they were. And you saw that I had already written a lot of words. And you wanted to know what I’d written. So there I was, reading the whole questionnaire to you, listening to your own thoughts and ideas about discipline and group participation and obedience. It was REALLY eye-opening! The last question was, “Do you have any concerns or questions about kindergarten?” and Gwen answered, “Yes.” “What question do you have?” “I want to know, will there be any time when I just get to play and do what I want?” What a GREAT question! After I assured you that there would be, and marveled inwardly at your thoughtfulness, you asked another important question: “What toys do they have?” I guess we’ll get to find out pretty soon!
You have started to be a lot more interested in printing lately, and will often ask me how to spell a certain word so that you can print it out. You have been printing a lot of things that say “I <3 a="" again="" agreed="" also="" battleships.="" bedtime.="" ce="" chapter.="" couple="" cream.="" do="" entire="" evening="" have="" lists="" names="" nbsp="" of="" on:="" on="" or="" part="" plans="" printed="" s="" span="" that="" them.="" there="" thoughtful="" times="" to="" u="" various="" want="" we="" what="" with="" you="" your="">3>
PS Bonus pictures!