Preschool and Kindergarten Graduation

Each year we offer the parents a musical performance one year we performed the Little Red Hen and this year we will be performing The Three Nanny Goats Gruff. After the performance the parents enjoy cookies and punch while the graduates change into their graduation gowns, they march in to pomp and circumstance. But the most favorite part of preparing for graduation is the pre-graduation fun day. We take all our graduates away from the school for lunch, then we plan a fun-filled afternoon of swimming, museums, parks etc. They all wear their decorated graduation t-shirts. We have a blast!

For my graduation ceremony each year we perform “If I Were A Butterfly” with motions/animal impressions and some sign language:
If I were a butterfly, I’d thank you Lord for giving me wings.
And if I were a robin in a tree, I’d thank you Lord that I could sing.
And if I were a fish in the sea, I’d wiggle my tail and I’d giggle with glee.
But I just thank you father for making me…me!
ChorusCause you gave me a heart and you gave me a smile,You gave me Jesus and you made me your child.And I just thank you father for making me…me!

If I were an elephant, I’d thank you Lord by raising my trunk.
And if I were a kangaroo, I’d just hop right up to you.
And If I were an octopus, I’d thank you Lord for my good looks.
But I just thank you father for making me…me!
If I were a wiggly worm, I’d thank you Lord that I could squirm.
And if I were a crocodile, I’d thank you Lord for my big smile.
And if I were a fuzzy-wuzzy bear, I’d thank you Lord for my fuzzy-wuzzy hair.
But I just thank you father for making me…me!
This song is from a “Kids Praise Album” from the s. I don’t have it any longer so we sing it without it playing. Sorry I can’t provide the tune…I just know it.

Before our graduation ceremony begins we have a formal afternoon tea party, the children invite two guests {usually moms and dads}. Everyone dresses up and we have cucumber, ham, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, two types of cookies, biscuits, tea, coffee, lemonade, and chocolate milk. This is a special way to thank our parents for allowing us to be part of their children’s lives. We always decorate the rooms with the children’s art work. This year the theme is bugs.
We are very excited. After the tea is finished then we have our graduation ceremony, complete with songs, poems etc. We love this tradition. It is a lot of work but it is well worth the effort.

We have had some really nice graduations. When we are finishing getting the kids dressed into their caps and gowns, the parents watch a movie of the kids baby pictures and recent pictures to emotional music. ( get them every time ). We have sung “The World’s Greatest” by R. Kelly and “I Believe I can Fly”. The kids and parents enjoyed these. But, last year we had girls sing God Bless the U.S.A. and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, especially the girls’ parents because they didn’t know that they singing solo. It was great!

I did this last year as we learned the song “Your a Grand Ole Flag”
We used two large sheets of white poster board paper. I then took the students hands painted the left red for the stripes and the right blue for the stars. Once I placed their hands on the paper I wrote each child’s name under the handprint. We hung that flag the rest of the school year and said our pledge every morning to it. At the end of the year I cut out each hand and filed it in the students port folio to take home. It could be used at graduation or a end of the year picnic to say the pledge.