The end of the school year is near. I have some graduation/end of the year ideas to share with you so that you can start preparing for the big day. These are ideas and resources that I have used in the past. I hope that you are able to use them too.
Caps and Gowns
I like to order our graduation caps and gowns from Capsngowns4less.com. If you order 50 or more units, you usually get a really good discount. I think that it’s about 12.95 per unit. In the past, this price has included the cap, gown, tassel and diploma! Not a bad deal at all. Here is the link to their Pdf price list if you are looking for ideas: http://www.capsngowns4less.com/kindergowns.pdf Make sure not to wait until the last minute. Rush deliveries always include an extra fee.
Songs and Poem for graduation program:
I have included some videos that I found on youtube just to give you an idea.
I am a promise
The world is a rainbow: This is a beautiful song, especially when you use the hand motions that go along with it.
Parent letter and more:
At the end of our graduation ceremony, I read a Good-Bye Letter to the parents. This is a poem that I found a long time ago on a teacher site. (If you know the author of this poem, please let me know so that I can credit them:) Parents love, love, love this poem. I also print it and place a copy in their graduation gift bags.
Here is that poem and other end of the year poems and songs that I have compiled for you. I have an old version of the Good-Bye Letter on TPT, this one is much better.
Download this FREE collection of end of the year poems and songs HERE.
After the ceremony, we have a big celebration in our classrooms. Parents go all out. We have a parent meeting early in May to organize the party. They all pitch in to bring appetizers, food, dessert, drinks, piñata, and much more:)
Teacher gift for students
We usually buy scholastic books in advance. We give our students about two to three picture books inside a colorful party bag. It also includes their diploma with a student picture, the good-bye letter, report card and a memory book.
I just made some editable diplomas. Just add your information on the lines to personalize them. Remember to print on card stock and laminate for durability. The packet includes Preschool, Pre-Kinder and Kindergarten in two versions (one with two graduating kids and another with multicultural kids). Find the English diplomas here.
Find the Spanish diplomas here.