Friday, June 24, 2011

The Final Count...

157 out of 180. That's how many behavior stickers the Little Ballerina earned this year in first grade. That's an 87%. B+. Not too shabby. I'll take it.




An excerpt from her sticker book. Or bible. This thing ruled her life this year. It determined whether or not she had dessert. A special treat at the end of the week. A play date. The ability to attend a birthday party. Whatever the collateral was for the week.

Displaying these pages is probably not very fair. These were tough months. For everyone in our family. Not just LB. But they do show how much emphasis was placed on this little booklet. What good communication looks like. And how we went from...

"Don't EVER sign me up for school again!" LB, on the last day of Kindergarten.

to... 

"I don't want this year to end! I love Mrs. C!" LB, on the last day of first grade.

What a difference a year makes. And a good teacher.

And yes. Those two quotes were the first lines of my Thank You card to LB's teacher this year.

Thank you, Mrs. C! For helping LB soar.


19 comments:

Amy said...

Awesome job LB! She's adorable. Love the last one.

Bridget said...

She has the most dorable freckles! So glad she had a good year, hope next year is a great one, too.

Bridget said...

*adorable*

Kerri said...

Way to go LB! I hope next year she has another wonderful teacher...you're right, it makes all the difference.

WOW! Your last pic is amazing! How do you do that? Do you know in the moment that you have a great shot? Nevermind...I'm sure you do! You're a pro!

Cindy said...

Hi Kim!!!
missed you and all your mad photography skills!!:)
So glad your LB had a better year. I know all too well what a good teacher can do. And it takes good parents to follow through and make all that communication work and pay off. Good for you guys too.
love that last photo too...hope that was the cover of your card!
Have a happy day

Gabe said...

Yeah for LB!

I know how ling those months can last!!!

Enjoy the much needed break! Thats one of the things I love most about summer
. A chance to regroup!

Jennifer Thompson said...

Good job LB!
That last photo is beautiful, love it!

Melissa said...

A great teacher, who is willing to do what it takes, makes all the difference! Great year! LB looks so carefree in the last shot!

karren said...

Good for her! She did great. LOVE her freckles, and this baloon shot.

Sheryl said...
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Pam said...

love that last photo!

Kristin said...

Good job LB. Life is a continually evolving journey and one small step in the right direction can set you on a path of amazing adventures. Keep up the good work and you will soar to heights you never imagined possible!

Kristin said...

BTW, tell your Mom, I love, love, love the photos she took of you!

Nicolle said...

Oh goodness, that last picture is just stunning. It is beautiful in every way.

I love what she said, don't ever sign me up for school again. :)

Jen said...

She is sooooo cute! Tell her I said Hi!
Of course they teach them to say "My Pleasure!" Except now they say to vary it up a bit 'cause people are getting tired of hearing it!

Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

that photo is stunning!!!!! FRAME IT! i think it is awesome to see such great progress in one year!! kudos to you and LB!! (btw, I sup'd on sat & thought of you!!) hugs, cathy

Karina said...

Pretty impressive - for both of you. Hard to believe how much they can change in a year. I wish I had the stamina to stay so focused and keep up that kind of encouragement. Love the look of sheer joy on that sweet little face.

Dani said...

Good for you, Little B. Good.for.you.

And I'm a kindergarten teacher, so I know what I'm talking about.

erin said...

SHe's the cutest with her little pigtails and earrings. :-) Way to go LB!!