This morning I had to dress Theo up in his kindergarten finest, including dress shirt, plaid shorts, and little green neck tie, because today is the day of his graduation from nensho, or the first of three years of kindergarten. I have no idea what sort of festivities they have planned for this graduation, since parents are not invited, but I am sure that Theo will fail to behave himself and drag some of the more distractible children down with him.
|Theo and his bus stop friends|
|He seems to have caught on to the peace sign thing pretty|
Early on, I recieved a phone call saying that he was not allowed to personalize his school things (which are identical to everyone else's in every other way) by putting stickers on them. That evening as I peeled the stickers off of Theo's water bottle which he lovingly stuck on only a few days before I tried think of reasons to tell him why I was doing it. Conformity, homogeneity, and suppression of individualism all came to mind, what I actually told him was that the other children might feel bad when they saw how pretty his stickers were and they didn't have any. He later rationalized it in his own way by saying that his teacher hates stickers.
|Photo of Theo and his class as before they harvested the|
sweet potatoes they grew
|Theo and his class dressed up in their animal costumes for|
the Christmas play
|Theo and friends taking a breather|
|Theo and his wolf pack|
|Ready to hop on the bus|