Graduating Kids and Colts
- July 2, 2018
- Mykal Kirkpatrick
I was recently asked to deliver the Kindergarten graduation speech for our tiny rural school. With only 5 graduates, you would think the writing of it would be fairly elementary (pun intended), but these Kinders each have a personality the size of our Big Hole Valley! With three boys and two girls, I finally settled on a topic that most of their guests and parents could somewhat relate to: horses, and the task of making them great, in correlation to the foundations and futures of 5 and 6 year old children. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I’ve had the privilege of working with the many kids and colts throughout the years. By no means will I hang my shingle out as an expert of either, but I’ve sure seen a number of them! Enjoy!
A few years ago, a friend of mine who is an accomplished horse person compared her young inters to her futurity colts. A futurity colt is one that is between 4-5 years old and is thrown into competition…..much like our 5 year olds are thrown into Kindergarten. Some colts fall apart, some colts hold their own, and some colts prove themselves as superstars.
Possibly the most important factor that ensures a successful outcome is the foundation that was put on the colt the first 4 years of its life. The more I think about our Kindergarteners, the more I can see the correlations between them and a futurity colt.
While I won’t refer to our parents as “breeders” as you would in the horse world, I do credit all of them with putting an excellent foundation on their kindergarteners. It is always said that if your subject has a good foundation, you can always fix things if they go astray.
We have been so fortunate to have good working relationships with our parents, and it does not go unnoticed by those of us whom you trust with the bulk of your children’s days.
So whether you Kindergartener is the broncy colt that takes a little extra riding, the colt that you pick and choose the set up to ensure its success, or the colt that walks in flat-footed and makes the same money run every time, we commend you parents for taking the time to put a solid foundation on them to help them become the superstars that they are.
In conclusion, I think I can speak for the Kinders and teachers in saying that we are excited to see what the future of the 1st grade holds!
About Mykal Kirkpatrick
I am a self-proclaimed jack of all trades, master of none, (but oftentimes better than a master of one). Growing up with a ranching and ag background prepared me for the life my husband of nearly 23 years and I have built together. ...