Every Year, we make Graduation hats in the color of their group (we have four groups; red, blue, green and yellow). This year the students are marching in to Peter and Ellen Allard’s “Raise the Children.” We will recite the Pledge of Allegiance and I will read an excerpt from “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” We will then sing Dr. Jean’s “May There Always Be Sunshine.” We will then sing and sign “Thank You For All That You Do.” Third, we will sing “Turn the World Around.” I will then call each Student up to receive their certificate and have their picture taken.
The last week of school is Caribbean/Ocean week. We imagine we are on a cruise ship leaving from Miami, Florida on Monday and sailing to different islands. Ports of call: Tuesday we arrive in Grand Cayman, Wednesday Oranjestad, Aruba, Thursday Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. On Friday, we are back at school. You can choose your own islands. This week we will learn to limbo, hula, make fruit smoothies, try exotic fruits, read island books, and learn about the ocean. The children wear cruise wear all week; we play Caribbean music, bring beach towels and relax! The last day of school is our graduation and all school luau. The graduates wear a white T-shirt that says, “Aloha Class of ” with a hibiscus drawn on the front and the autographs of children on the back. The children create visors, girls were hula skirts, boys wear Bermuda shorts. The children create lei’s out of beads, foam flowers, and other materials. We also have a D.J. come to the school to teach the children to hula and limbo. Its a great idea!
I like to Read “The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn and give each graduate a heart sticker at the end of the story. I also like to use each child’s name ( or name at a time) along with some of the lines from Dr. Seuss “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” in my speech. For example,: “Kendrick and Jalen,You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the
guy(s)who’ll decide where to go.”
We end the program with the upcoming preschoolers singing a song to the graduating class.
Graduation Day sung to the tune of I’m a Little Teapot
We’re the four year olds, on graduation day…proud of ourselves in every way…. We had lots of fun and made friends too…now we’re off to go to the big kids school. Next year, we’ll ride the bus and our Mom’s will cry..as they see us from the window…while we wave good-bye..all throughout the day she’ll think of me…if I’ve found the right bus or scraped my knee. Now it’s three o’clock and time to go…we’ll be coming down the street, before you know…..I’ll hop off of the bus and there you’ll be, with a hug and a kiss and a smile for me.