Preschool and Kindergarten Graduation
This year I took close ups of each child’s face and blew it up to X size in black and white. These pictures decorated our walls – We sing songs about the alphabet, months, days, etc. We do the pledge of allegiance in sign-language. THE BEST PART is I blow up clip art and make huge posters where the children put there faces in the cutout part and say, “When I grow up I want to be… so…” The funniest one was a girl that said she wanted to be a queen so ‘..no one can tell me what to do!” We end with playing Mary Had a Little Lamb on recorders and a slide show. I hand out candy bar awards, SMARTIES, etc. and have root beer floats. It was simple and awesome. Awesome Blossom Preschool, Fun Name, Fun School
If anyone is looking for a fantastic graduation song, try Billy Dean’s, Let Them Be Little. You will cry, but the song has a great message.
Last year our theme was “A ‘Beary’ Special Pre-K End of Year Celebration”. The girls sung I’m a Little Teapot and the boys sung Humpty Dumpty along with dance moves to the song. The whole class sung the Ten Little Bears (tune to ten little indians). Five students acted out the story of Goldilocks and the three Bears with all the props as I read the story. Then they sung the song “Cool Bear Hunt” by Dr. Jean. We had a parent tribute, gave out awards and certificates and had refreshments afterwards. Parents and grandparents and family were invited.
This year I thought that instead of teaching the children new songs I decided to do something called “SHOW OFF TIME” we sang different songs which we learned during the year. I Have children in my class so each child held a letter to spell out the words “show off time” we sang songs that go through the year . The parents loved it and we didn’t need much practicing because the children knew the songs already.
For our graduation we march in with a patriotic song (Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue. When the children enter the stage they ask the parents to please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Then they ask the parents to be seated. The children finish singing more songs with movements included. I announce the graduates certificates. Finally we end with a final song (The Rainbow Song). After the final song I ask the children to go sit with their families to watch a slide show of what the kids did all year. Somewhere Over the Rainbow is included with the slide show. After the ceremony I invite the children and families for refreshments in our classroom.