In two weeks my eldest finishes preschool.

Two years of playing in the sand, painting ‘racetracks’ (big swirls of color, always in red or blue and while he imagined the paintbrush driving around the paper) so he could hurry and play with his friends.  Two years of getting ‘the big truck’ and running around in mad circles pushing it and laughing.

Two years of pulling teeth asking how his day went, barely getting anything about story time but always how much he liked the “fishie” crackers.

I can’t freeze this moment in time, but I want to honor it for myself and my son, who was the first kid last year to learn everyone’s name and asks to roll down the window so he can call out to everyone as we drive by, being greeted by each kid in turn.

There are so many ways to commemorate the end of a school year. Here’s a roundup to some of my favorite ideas.

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 Sign It

“Always give an autograph when someone asks you.” Tommy Lasorda

Whether you buy an autograph book, buy a notebook with plain paper or let your child make one out of index cards, markers and book rings- let them have a chance to play yearbook and let their friends sign away. Or, let them wear a shirt and take a marker for the last day and let them write on *gasp* clothing.

A book of advice

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“Kid, you'll move mountains.” Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

The first time I heard of this one was on the Today Show, but I already grabbed a couple copies of “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss for the boys before I saw it popping up in my Facebook feed this year.. In a couple weeks I am going to go have his two preschool teachers sign his book and start that tradition. I’m hoping the book doesn’t get lost in the process!

So you don't forget

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 “Friendship is the hardest thing to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” Muhammad Ali

I remember finding my old preschool photo and my mom being able to name a couple of the kids, but not all of them. My son is friends with everyone, and I know I want to put names on little faces so when we look back in high school, to see if he has become friends again with any of them ( he is going to a different kindergarten than all of them.)

All year by my son’s bedside was last year’s class photo, which has several friends in it this year. On the back of our newest one we will write the names of his friends and teacher before we put it in the frame for him to look back at fondly while we relax and prepare for our next school adventure.

I also want to ask him questions- what his favorite thing to play with was, what his favorite songs to sing. I know the questions will change, but that will be part of holding onto that moment.

A picture's worth 1,000 words

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“He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” Victor Hugo

Both years I have taken a picture with him in front of the entrance of the school (ahem, see above). I saw an end-of-year photo mentioned here on another blog and thought that commemorating the end of school is just as sweet as that snap of the first day of school.

Put them side-by-side in a photo album to get a year-round glimpse of how they grow (and how tan they got running around the neighborhood!).