WW #69: Preschool Graduation GIVEAWAY

This past week Marc and I said goodbye to our preschooler and to the wonderful early education program around the corner from us that all of our five children have attended and adored.

You’ll find her head teacher Klara in the center of this picture behind the children.  With Klara, I’ve seen all of my children rise to the occasion.  Her expectations are high and they fulfill them.  Her deep love and respect for kids is sensed by them, and they in turn want to be everything she expects.  It truly is a magical thing to watch.  I have often marveled at the calm and quiet in Klara’s class and asked myself how to replicate that at home!

These marvelous preschool age children stood without fidgeting, as poised and composed as college kids, during a one-hour ceremony, which included songs and speeches.  Klara mentioned a number of families who had older “veteran” children who had also attended  her class — including ours.  It’s so hard to believe that over 10 years ago we began our lives at this warm, compassionate and dynamic community.


Proud mama and papa moment!


Here’s Marielle with our school’s wonderful director, who also is a yoga studio buddy of mine!


Look at the amazing cake baked by Muriel, a fellow Mom.  She took this photo on our field trip to an observatory and playground a few weeks back.


I held back the tears all day, so grateful for the love and care my children have received at this amazing school. I’ll miss bringing Marielle to school there, although I know I will stay in touch with Klara and other friends.

Do you have a child of preschool age and how do they (and you!) enjoy their school?  Comment below and don’t forget to enter our weekly giveaway!

xo Melissa

Weekly Giveaway

Prize: One (1) $50 Amazon gift card.



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  • Julie Wood

    How adorable you all are! I think your pictures are amazing and you and your husband are terrific parents! Congrats to your daughter. She is so cute.

    • You are very kind, Julie! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  • Betsy R Barnes

    When my son was in preschool, he really enjoyed going. It was a program developed and run by education professors and students at the college, Appalachian State. I loved the way they had hands on, focusing on education in a fun way. My son certainly blossomed there and I was thankful to have him attend.

    • Happy to hear it, Betsy! Thanks for sharing and reading!

  • Elisabeth

    Sounds like a great school program full of caring teachers! I hope to have that for our son when he starts school!

  • shellypeterson

    Congratulations! I love the cake!

  • The CHar

    That is good for your kid.

  • Kay Saunders

    Is it weird that I still remember bits of my preschool? My teacher was also my piano instructor, Ms Bailey haha

  • Anita Kennett

    So very lovely to share this chance.Thanks so very much.

  • weeble_bobble

    Commenting to enter the contest

  • Lisa Brown

    thank you for the chance to win, as always 🙂

    • Thanks for entering, Lisa! Good luck! 🙂

  • Susan Smith

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • ‘Jennifer Eagan

    I do have a son that is preschool age. In fact, he just graduated preschool in May. My son and I LOVE his school! The teacher and aides are amazing! It’s actually bitter sweet because while we love his school and teachers and are sad to leave, we are excited about his new journey into Kindergarten. Love your photos and Congratulations to Marielle! (I couldn’t get the secret word as I am already subscribed to your newsletter.)

    • The secret word appears in the newsletter I send out every week. Check your email for it – it should be at the top of the email. Thanks so much for reading! xx

  • donna porter

    So nice of you…Thanks for the chance

  • cynthiac

    My kids are grown but we all still have fond memories of their preschool. The teachers and aides there were so kind and patient and always had lots of fun activities for learning.

    • They sound wonderful. I’m glad your kids had such great teachers! 🙂

  • dglitter

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Daniel M

    thanks for the chance!

  • Natalie

    Graduating from preschool is a big deal! Congrats!

  • mommyto2girlz

    Congrats to your daughter! My youngest graduated from elementary school this week. It’s truly bittersweet.

    • Thanks so much! Congrats to your youngest!!!

  • Laurajj

    Oh looks like so much fun! Love her dress she wore! We have a kindergarten graduation this year. So fun to watch them reach these milestones!

  • steve weber

    First pre-school then college! it will happen so fast.. enjoy the ride

  • cspring31971

    Congratulations to your daughter. She was lucky to have such a kind, calm and patient teacher. When my daughter was in school she had wonderful teachers throughout all of her grades. I think that truly makes a difference in whether the child enjoys going to school or not.

  • Pidgeon

    Grandaughter just finished 2nd grade, goes by fast!

    • Yes it does! Thanks for reading!

  • Robin Guyor

    Oh my goodness, do I miss that age with my kids! Mine are 15 and 19. I’m a newborn nanny though, and I absolutely LOVE caring for babies! I also cook for the families I work for, and bake too! So I get lots of snuggles….miss those days so much with my kids, though. Enjoy those precious moments with your little ones! <3 Thanks for a great giveaway!

    • I will!!! Thanks for entering! 🙂

  • michelle robbins

    My son just graduated preschool!

  • Noelle Carroll

    Wow time just flies by! My son starts Preschool this august and I’m sooo not ready

    • Yes it does! I know the feeling!

  • Cheryl Chervitz

    It’s been 25 years since my first son went to preschool. I feel old now!

    • Time flies too fast as a mom… thanks for reading!

  • PhancyPheet

    My hugest Congrats to you and your family!

  • Richard Hicks

    Big congrats to your daughter. You must be so proud!

  • Anel Winney

    Congrats, to your daughter! You are sways wearing cute outfits! Love the shoes!

  • slehan

    That is the neatest cake. Congrats to your daughter.
    Thanks for the contest.
    slehan at juno dot com