We have a highschool graduate in our home today!
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Last night our homeschooling group held it's annual graduation/year end celebration. The kids always look forward to this night and this year there was an extra special event....Tyler, along with one other girl graduated from grade 12!! A member of the board mentioned to us, they wanted to do something extra to make it a bit more special for the 'graduates'. It was decided they would wear a cap and gown.
The first part of the evening was a talent show. Each child could perform something of their choosing. Many played the piano, but there was a clarinet solo, a couple of drum solos, a skit, some singing and a couple of poetry readings. The only glitch to this part of the evening.....for some reason, Tyler, Brittney and Jake's name/activity/song title did not get onto the program. They were upset, but Jake was devastated. He wanted to come home...and even though we spoke to the MC and he easily made a spot for them, Jake was still quite upset. All through the other performances, he kept saying he was too upset to go up and play..but I kept encouraging him and reassuring him all would be ok. When his turn came, the ole' Jake we all know came through and he played his piece (Home Run Harry) very well! (Complete with Jake jumping off the stage after his performance...which prompted the MC to comment that "Harry obviously got a home run.")
Tyler performed "Moonlight Sonata" and Brittney played "Pastoral"
All the kids of the group did well and it was great to see what a wide variety of talent present in our group.
After the performances were done, the kids retreated to another room in order to get organized for the certificates. While that was happening, a video (made up of pictures that we each sent in of our family taken oven the year) was shown to the parents/grandparents/friends etc.
After some instruction....the K - 11 group entered the room. Each one was called up and received their certificate. They all looked so happy and proud as they received their certificate (and so they should...they've all worked so hard!!).
With that part finished, the lights went up, the music started (Pomp and Circumstance) and the two graduates entered the room. It was very emotional moment for me....It seems like yesterday I was taking Tyler to kindergarten....and now he is graduating?!? ...... What happened to all that time in between?
After they arrived on the stage, Tim, (the MC) spoke to them...congratulating them on all their hard work as well as encouraging them for their future. Hmmm...did I mention it was an emotional night??
Tim (MC for the evening), Sarah (chair of our homeschool board), Tyler
Tim, Sarah, Tyler and Jake
Leah (the other graduate), Tyler
Brittney receiving her certificate
Jake receiving his certificate
Tyler performing his piano solo
Brittney at home before we left
Jake at home before we left
Tyler at home before we left
Some of our homeschooling group. In the first picture, the other little guy making the face, is a good friend of Jake's. Go figure, eh?