School is officially out!!! Yay! It was a great year for my 3 beautiful ladies. They were all kind of bummed about the school year ending when they climbed into the car on the last day. We lucked out with awesome friends, amazing teachers, exciting field trips, and loads of learning this year -- which made the last day of school very bitter, sweet for each of them. Once again our little family is moving. We are again stepping into the unknown and trusting that it will all work out in the end. Although the kids and I are looking forward to this new adventure and eager to see what this new town has to offer, I also think we are all kind of hesitant for fear of another Parker repeat... that town was just plain old tough on all of us.
This year (1st grade) Kinley's favorite class was math. Her teacher focused a lot of the teaching through song -- Kinley was coming home from school singing fun songs all year long. Her end of year performance showcased all of these songs that were taught. I loved watching her stand and sing each song with confidence. Kinley was so happy to have Dave and I there watching her. Throughout the year she enjoyed spending her Starbucks rewards on helping out in her sisters classrooms multiple times throughout the year and bringing treasures for show and tell. Her crushes signature was a highlight in her yearbook. Her classmates adored her and she loved being the "cool kid" in the class. Watching the baby chicks hatch and getting to name them was one of her favorite activities of the year (names: Yolkahontas, Darth Vador, and Hair Ball). Kinley was able to visit an aquarium in Las Vegas as one of her field trips. She loved this experience! Her knowledge of Ocean life and curiosity for this mysterious underwater world was peeked by this experience. She still talks about it often.
Alexa really enjoyed going to computers. She was good friends with the computer teacher. He would let her spray the kids with squirt bottles and would sometimes break into her computer in order to speed type, allowing her to pass levels and win the games on the screen. Her favorite subject was science. Alexa was a favorite in her homeroom class, and she knew it. Alexa and her teacher clicked perfectly. Her teacher is a soft spoken, sensitive, compassionate person... Alexa thrived in this environment. She adored the class pet, Leonardo (a gecko). Alexa received multiple awards for her reading -- She was able to consecutively hold the reward for "Most Words Read To Date" throughout the entire year among her class. She loved holding the title of "Top Reader!". Dave went with Alexa on her end of year field trip. This was one of her favorite memories of the year. She was so happy to have her Dad come bowling with her and her classmates for the afternoon.
Zoey had an awesome year!!! She had a really sweet group of friends that all seemed to fit perfectly together. I loved eating lunch with Zoey and her friends. They were talkers (mostly her friends) -- loved to talk about anything and everything that was on their mind (fashion, school, dancing, babies, upcoming holidays, hair, makeup -- I loved sitting back and listening to them interact!) Her teacher was super impressive. She respected the kids and treated them like human beings -- it was a much more enjoyable atmosphere than years past for Zoey. Zoey's favorite subjects were math (She did so well she got to go to a district competition and won 3rd overall district wide for 5th grade) and writing (which she also won a special district award for best anti-drug essay this year). They went on multiple field trips -- Zoey got to be a part of a world wide jet ski competition, visit the Grand Canyon, go to the Arizona Science Center, and visit the local library often. She loved going to see the Grand Canyon! "Envision" projects were a big part of her learning this year. She chose a career (Rockette Dancer) and mapped out the path to achieving it. I will take pictures of her posters and post those another day. :)
The following are a few random pictures I found on my phone of school projects and activities the girls participated in throughout the year.
1st -- Alexa's science project. We cultured germs around the school and grew them in our kitchen. Blah! I will never forget the stink that slowly started coming from those agar plates as the bacteria started to grow. Alexa is in her pjs because we worked on this poster late into the evening. It was fun to spend the time learning about germs with this cutie.
Kinley learned about "Flat Stanley" and made her own flat Kinley. She mailed it to Utah where Grandma and Grandpa Rhees gave that little doll the adventure of a lifetime. She was sent back to the school with a bunch of pictures from all over the place and stickers to share -- She even had some new clothes and jewelry. Kinley was thrilled! Her teacher told the class that Kinley's doll had been on one of the best adventures she had ever seen.
Alexa and Zoey with some of their awards for the semester. Kinley got some great awards too (not sure why I didn't get a picture of her too).
During the second half of the school year Zoey participated in preforming arts at the school. They worked hard to put on a cute performance of Suessical the Musical. Zoey did awesome! She played the part of "top bird girl". There was a lot of dancing involved for her part -- She loved every minute of it. As one part of the play, Zoey was required to choreograph her own solo dance. It was fun to see her create the dance at home and practice it over and over throughout the house. I was incredibly impressed with the end result. Her sisters were proud to call her their sister at school that day, as they shared the performance with the school during an assembly. This is a girl that loves to dance! I wish I took a better picture of the event. The back of Zoey's hair is all pulled back and curly with glitter everywhere. her skirt is extra puffy, bright yellow with red and yellow feathers all over it (the janitor told me he was pretty happy to be done with this event -- as he had a million feathers left to clean up. I didn't tell him that one of my kids was responsible for that. :)). We were super proud of her performance. She is one talented girl.
This was from the last awards ceremony of the year. Alexa was all smiles as they read her name and announced her awards. Top Reader! -- as the numbers were read the cheers grew louder. Alexa was super pleased with the recognition from the audience.
After weeks of having Kinley's middle tooth hanging on by a thread it finally came out at school (during the last week). Her new smile is precious and I love the way she talks without those two front teeth in her way.
All in all it was an awesome year. I have some talented and amazing kids. I sure feel blessed to be their Mama!