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Milestone Markers: Planning Ahead
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Traditions you can start today for your child's graduation.

For most of us, a tradition is something that is passed down, maybe created by change and can be something that "just happens." However, it is never too early to think about starting another tradition. So we've put together a list of a few traditions to start now for your young child that will make for incredible graduation gifts way down the road. 

Embrace the joy of creating sentimental keepsakes. Choose a beloved children's book like “Oh The Places You Will Go” by Dr. Seuss or “Where The Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein. Then, each year, invite your child's teacher to contribute a note- perhaps about their hopes for your child, what they see them accomplishing, or even their favourite memory from the past school year. These heartfelt messages will be treasured, serving as a beautiful reminder of the kind words of those who shaped their educational journey.

Discover the fun in collecting Treasures. Kids have a knack for finding 'treasures,' and those treasures tend to find their way into the bottom of backpacks, car floors, and the washing machine. Gather them in a jar or two. The ensemble of colourful trinkets, shiny rocks, buttons, and notes passed in class will feel like a grand cache when presented on commencement day, sparking joy and nostalgia.

Create an Artists Portfolio: Kids bring home A LOT of artwork over the years, and while, as parents, we love every single masterpiece, unless your home is housing an industrial refrigerator, there is not enough space to display them all. Instead, have them easily turned into a book using one of the many photo companies online. Create a single book of their finest from over the years, or if you're feeling ambitious, a book filled with work from each division or grade.

Appreciate the value of preserving children's thoughts. Kids are hilarious. It's true. What's funnier is that they have no idea that they are funny. Keep track of those quirky, silly, insightful, and frankly sometimes out there thoughts that your child will spring on you. Start a note section on your phone, or go old school and keep a notepad on you. When the time comes, and it will, that your child makes you chuckle or think twice-write it down with a date and age stamp. Later, you can compile them all into a book or email to share a version of your young child with their older self, creating a priceless treasure of memories. 

Ask "Tough" Questions. This idea only takes some good note-taking skills, much like our last suggestion. Come up with a list of questions to ask your child each year around the same time, we suggest the first day of school as your marker, and add their answers to the same book each time. It could be as simple as their favourite colour or what they want to be when they grow up. Or as in-depth as you would like to go. Down the road, your child will be able to see just how far they've come and just how much they've grown.

It's never too early to start a new tradition. To learn more about the learning environment at CFIS, contact our Admissions team at

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