Preschool and Kindergarten Graduation
Graduation Ideas, activities, and Crafts
This is an exciting time of year for you and your child. Your child is about to finish one journey and embark upon a new one. Whether your child is graduating from preschool to kindergarten or kindergarten to first grade, it is a time to be proud and to celebrate. This month you'll find graduation craft ideas, gift ideas, end-of-school celebration activities, and literacy lessons and activities in our KidsSoup Resource Library. Clap your hands and tell your child how proud you are of him or her. Hip, hip, hooray!
Poem from Teacher
Like the little hermit crab, you outgrew your shell,
and now you’re ready to say goodbye. I can tell.
You’ve learned a lot of things, and when you open the next door
you’ll have new friends and a new school to explore.
Knowing and teaching you has been a pleasure,
Memories of you I will always treasure.
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What you do:
It’s important to honor each of your children with a special award. Try to create an award that is unique to the child. Use one of our award templates and fill in the blanks with child’s name and his or her special achievement, such as super scientist, amazing athlete, wonderful writer, good friend, etc.
Variation: Cut wide ribbon into six lengths. With a permanent marker, write child’s name and his or her special achievement on the ribbon. Attach a safety pin to back and let child wear ribbon.
What you do:
A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle is great way to help children transition from preschool to kindergarten or from kindergarten to first grade.
Book description: One day Hermit Crab discovers that he has outgrown his shell. He is frightened and moves into another shell but thinks that it looks too plain. So, each month he finds a new friend to live with him. Eventually, Hermit Crab outgrows his shell and must find an even bigger shell to make his home. He is reluctant to leave his new friends but finally does, and a little hermit crab, who promises to be good to Hermit Crab’s friends, moves into the shell. Hermit Crab finds a bigger shell in which to reside, but this time he isn’t afraid. He knows that he can make new friends.
Remember Me Bag
Include the following poem with a lollipop, a bookmark, pencil and eraser, and some Hugs and Kisses candies in a paper sack or re-sealable plastic bag and present the goodie bag to your children on graduation day.
A lollipop because you are so sweet
A bookmark to mark the last page you read
A pencil and an eraser to practice your writing
And Hugs and Kisses to remember me!
ABC Farewell Booklet
Print a copy of the ABC Farewell poem for each child. Cut sheets of printing paper into fourths. Let children cut out each sentence and glue to a separate piece of paper. Have children decorate the pages with crayons and markers. Assemble pages in order and staple together to make a booklet. If available, on the cover page, glue a snapshot of child.
B is for boys and girls at work and at play.
C is for colors—red, yellow, blue, and green.
D is for drawing the best pictures you’ve ever seen.
Simple Graduation Song:
(Tune: Mullberry Bush)
We are here to graduate, graduate, graduate
We are here to graduate,
on this special day!
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