On the last big kid day (all kids who will be in kindergarten next year) at Christine's preschool, they went on a field trip to the zoo. Michael, Emma, Jacob, Emily (a little girl I watch), and I tagged along too. After seeing the animals we went to the play area and had a picnic. The kids had so much fun, and it was a nice way to say goodbye to her class and teacher.
Michael had his long lens on which was great for the animals, but not so for people. Most of the photos with people in them are pretty close up and/or don't have the whole group in them.
Emma the lion and Christine the goat. Sometimes I think that this really should be their home.
Christine and her buddy Rain were some of the few kids that got to see the wolf. Everyone else got bored and walked on. I guess sometimes she gets rewarded for dawdling. Michael was the only one to see the tiger. He finally woke up after everyone else left.
My girls really like Dora and Diego, so it was neat for them to be able to see a real red panda. There were two eagles there, these birds always seem so majestic to me. Both had been injured which was why they were living at the zoo.
This horse is enormous. We have a better picture of the horse, but this one has Mrs. Smith (even though her head is down). Here is part of Christine's class (minus Emma).
Christine loved school this year. She enjoyed learning new things and adored her teacher. She tried to start many arguments with, "Well, Mrs. Smith said..." Almost every Saturday she would say, "Today is the day Mrs. Smith sleeps in." She really was a wonderful teacher. Most preschools here are faith based, which I was a little worried about. I wanted to be the one to teach my kids about our faith. I didn't need to worry though, her curriculum was wonderful. Every week they would work on a letter and correspond it with a bible story. Mrs. Smith would have a song that went along with the story and could explain it simply enough that the kids would understand the general idea of the story. She was perfect for Christine and we will miss her. She will be wonderful for Emma though, she has the perfect balance of love and discipline. Christine is so excited to start kindergarten. We live across the street from the elementary and she talks about going to school almost every day. I hope she keeps her enthusiasm for learning, we'll see when the homework starts piling up.
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