Celebrating the Milestones in a NYC Education

by NYC Firm Schools on June 9, 2009

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Gaining admittance to a good Preschool and then Kindergarten program in NYC is one of the major milestones in a child’s academic life. The schooling career for children generally culminates in a beautiful graduation ceremony complete with cap and gown, glowing parents and video cameras buzzing, but a growing trend has brought the entire graduation ceremony down the grade ladder and into elementary schools and lower.

New York City Moms Blog author Eden wrote the following about her daughter’s Pre-School graduation.

I was told that the reason for the new graduation date was because her favorite teacher had to move to California. I’m not sure what bugged me more–the idea that my daughter’s teacher was going to gone for the remainder of the school year, or that I was being asked to shell out money for a cap and gown for a 4-year-old’s graduation ceremony. I pictured a bunch of little kids running about in their graduation gear, tassel’s flying, causing mass chaos, while a bunch of stage parents cooed over how adorable their children were.

The author’s reaction is a common one among parents who were raised with two graduations in mind, High School and then College. The idea of a mass celebration for what essentially boils down to “entering the next grade level” strikes many people as over-the-top and unnecessary.

But, my daughter had been practicing for her early graduation, and in an attempt to make sure that she didn’t sense any of my hesitations, I needed to fully commit. In order to guarantee that I would make it to the ceremony in time, I would have to take a day off from work. Well, in for a penny, in for a pound (or in this case, 15 bucks and a vacation day).

By the end of the ceremony, however, the author found herself caught up in the innocent and beautiful celebration of the moment and incorporated both humor and pride into the event.

I wasn’t sure if I was tearing up because I was laughing so hard, or because I was so proud of my child. I was caught up in the moment of this silly graduation ceremony and in an instant, I was that stage mom that I’d grumbled about earlier. As our kids sang songs about many of the things they’d learned throughout the year, I realized this was just the first of what I hope will be a number of ceremonies in which she’ll be a part.

Parenting a child through a NYC Education can be overwhelming and stressful for all parties involved, but taking the time to celebrate achievements, no matter how big or small, can make all the difference.

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