Anthony Finishes First Grade
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Anthony's Graduating First-Grade Class

Anthony finished first grade on Friday, capping a year of very big events in a little boy's life. The picture above includes self portraits of his teacher and of all the kids in his class.

Can you guess which is his?

The Japanese school year runs from April to March, and so it was a year ago that he graduated from kindergarten in a big ceremony with lots of pomp and circumstance. Then in April he started first grade, and soon was taking the city bus on his own to school in the morning, and home in the afternoon. Unlike in the three years of preschool, he had real responsibilities, with lots of school stuff and a very new (and disliked) concept: homework, including and a daily diary for class, and English reading with me.

But with new responsibilities comes new benefits, such as allowance and big-kid sports play.

It was also a year that saw his first (and last) shichi-go-san event (and portrait), turning seven years old, and trips to Tokyo Disneyland and the amazing KidZania.

Growing up fast, but not too old to set out a plate of cookies for Santa.

our little boy

All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

What? Finishing first grade already? Didn’t he just start? Wasn’t he a toddler just a week or so ago?

I’m not sure why, after watching him growing on the blog and in Ohio, I’m so taken by surprise by these milestones. But then again, my baby boy is turning 4 next week, and I’m not sure how THAT is happening either.

Oh, well. I’ll just savor ever day, and be thankful for digital cameras. Fast as our children are growing, no one can say their lives are not well documented!

Congratulations on finishing your first year in school, Anthony! I hope you enjoy the next one too!

— comment by Marcina, USA on March 21st, 2010 at 11:59pm JST (14 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

I love these self-portraits! Three of the boys have what appears to be a little character drawn next to their faces. What is that?

A hand giving the peace sign, which is the reflex-action of Japanese to a camera pointed their way. That instinct is so ingrained that it makes its way to self-drawn portraits! —Jeffrey

— comment by Lin on March 24th, 2010 at 1:37pm JST (14 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink
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