The graduation was about a month and a half before we pulled James out of school for the summer (we could have technically left him in all summer long, but I like to give my children a summer break). Unfortunately, because the graduation was so early, James assumed that that meant he was done with school right then and there, so it was quite a chore to get him to school every morning for over a month after that!
The graduation was cute, but very long, especially for a group of 5 to 7-year-olds. I don't think Americans have the same length of attention span as Russians.
The children in James's class did some performances for the parents. (James was very distracted by the balloons on the ceiling.)
James is in the back with the blue shirt.
I thought it was funny that the children sang a song about saying goodbye to toys (in school). James was very indignant about that because he thought that meant he was done with all toys permanently, even at home.
Jon stayed home to watch William, but Kate came with me to support her brother (she had just gotten out of school and she was still wearing her school uniform).
James receiving his yearbook, graduation gift (a slap on watch), cute medal, a single rose, and a balloon.
James's yearbook is like a children's board book. It's such a neat yearbook with a lot of great pictures, and SO durable! We will treasure this keepsake! (He is especially proud of his medal.)
After such a long ceremony, we were ready to head right home, but little did we know that they had prepared a snack for the children as well. More waiting!...
James has now started "first class" here in Astana, Kazakhstan. He seems excited about his teacher and his new friends.