Today was the last day of school. “We are 180 days smarter” we said, as we kissed our brains before leaving today. It is always a bittersweet day ending the school year. I have spent so much time with these children. It is their second home. 180 days spent together, and it has suddenly come to an end. They are ready to move on, First Graders now.
We sat around in a circle today and ended the day like we always do. We talk about our favorite part of the day. I like doing this with them as a recap of their day. Today, we changed it and ended with our favorite part of Kindergarten. It was so much fun listening to what they remembered most. Magic Playdough, Pajama Day, our pizza party, the 100th day of school, our Kindergarten show, the ant farm, making new friends… the list went on and on. I told them all that for me, my favorite part of kindergarten was meeting 23 new friends.
Every year, it is hard to say goodbye to my class. I will still see them next year. Many of them come back to visit and to read to the new Kindergarteners. As we said goodbye and they went off to their families at dismissal today, a few of them were crying. I imagine it is just as hard for them to say goodbye. I gave them each a big hug, wished them a safe and happy summer and they were off. Saying goodbye only takes a moment, but those goodbyes are filled with so many wonderful memories.