Saturday, November 29, 2008

preschool graduation

Isaac 'graduated' from preschool this week. We were aware that it is a full cap and gown affair and were ambivalent about the whole thing. Not only did they pay for the party and the 'academic' wear but they were expected to have specific clothing to wear with it. They marched in and sat through many hours of speeches. When the time came to graduate, each approached the dignitaries, had their hood put on, received their certificate, and knelt while the cap of a former graduate was placed on theirs. Ridiculous charade? Yes. But on the other hand, if getting started is the hardest part, why not celebrate beginnings? These kids overcame early social anxiety and parent separation and made their way in their own world for the first time. If these formalities will inspire a lifelong desire for learning and accomplishment, then it will have been worth it. And we truly are proud of Isaac. He went into this world in which he was the only non-Xhosa kid and made it his own. Our shy kid gave his speech to the dignitaries just like every other kid. He spoke his lines in the Christmas play with perfect clarity and right on cue. So, for us, it really was a celebration.

Isaac and his friends admire each other in their formal wear

The graduates wait to march in

Moses and the other kids who are not graduating wait for the entrance of the graduates

The whole graduating class with teachers and guest speaker


Isaac gives his speech


  1. Congratulations, Isaac! I will be sure to show Cormac the video of your speech. He will be happy to see you! Will you come to India to see us again this year? We wish you could! Cormac would have so much fun climbing the hills with you again. Merry Christmas. Give your baby brothers hugs and kisses for us, and give Moses and apple and tell him its from us. xo Auntie Jill xo

  2. Oh, wow, wee Yitz! What a love. Yes, celebrate those beginnings, I agree. At our Montessori preschool graduation we always had children singing "proud to be an American" along with a CD. Hmmm. Love to you all!!!