This past Monday, the kindergarten where I sometimes teach English held their annual graduation ceremony. The day found me reflecting wistfully on my own childhood. My own Kindergarten photo is below. Can you tell where I am? (Incidentally, I think you can click on the image to see an enlarged copy.)
If memory serves me correctly, my own passage from Kindergarten to first grade was fairly mundane — no special ceremonies or over-the-top celebrations.
However, true to form, the Kindergarten where I work pulls out all the stops for events like this. It’s really impossible to convey how impressive this event is. It’s one of those “you had to be there” moments. I took the best of my video footage and snapshots to put together a 5-minute video of the event from my perspective. I’m really thrilled at how it turned out, since it’s my first experience with video-editing. (Of course I had a good teacher in my husband!)
Mike says it’s a “tear-jerker”… at any rate, it’s really cute. Incidentally, if you get a chance to view the video, please pay attention to the large group chant. I’m not kidding when I say the students were doing this for 10-15 minutes straight! I recorded the entire portion that they spoke in English, since it was directed to my co-workers and I and was particularly touching. Enjoy!