Preschool and Kindergarten Graduation

We did our graduation this June and we had a really cute song included in it. it’s called “We are proud to be preschoolers” it goes:

We are proud to be preschoolers and we learned to do things well,
We can play so many games now like the farmer in the dell.
We have learned to color pictures and to make things out of clay
And we know a hundred stories, we are read to everyday.
We learned to pledge allegiance and we promised to be true,
To God and to old glory the dear red white and blue.
We have learned fair play with others and every classroom rule,
We’ll be glad when it is August for it’s then we’ll go to school.

This is sang to the tune of “My Darling Clementine”

Each year we do a different theme. One theme we particularly liked was “Chicka Boom Boom”. We made beach hats out of wallpaper pieces, wore colorful summer play wear and sang Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. We had fun foam letters to hold up on cue. We also always put in a song of thankfulness for our parents, and a fun song with lummi sticks or a song from Macmillan that the children select as favorite. It always ends up to be a tearful time no matter what our program.

This year for graduation we have compiled some of the ideas found here and have included some of our own. The ceremony will have four parts: . Intro. Speech . Sample circle time: where we will do the Pledge of Allegiance in Sign Language, several color songs by Steven Fite, and other favorite songs and we will end with the song “I’ve Been Going to my Preschool” found here, and the Graduation poem found here. . We will wear graduation hats made ourselves and receive certificates. . The parents can browse the “Museum” where each child will have sample artwork from the year set in their own space. The parents will be given bags decorated by the children to take their child’s artwork and portfolios home with them afterward. . In the remaining time we will have a DANCE for the children with some of their favorite songs while the parents can have refreshments and take pictures! Thanks for all of the ideas!!

Last year, we had one of the teachers read Robert Fulghum’s “All I ever needed to know I learned in Kindergarten”.

The parents thought it was cute.

This year for pre-K graduation we made little “graduates”. Each child traced a small cardboard body (like a paper doll). Then they traced a gown and cap for their doll. They drew a face and we added a few strands of yarn to the cap for a tassel. Cute!!!