Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Graduation Fun for the End of Kindergarten

Since I teach Kindergarten, the last few weeks of school are all about one thing: GRADUATION. My students can't wait to graduate and the teachers work hard to make graduation a truly special event.

My students made these adorable portraits of themselves as graduates!
cute idea for Kindergarten Graduation!


Everyone created one last Interactive Sight Word Reader before graduation: I Learned How to be a Kindergartener. I wanted to cry as I watched all of my students independently create and read their own books. It's amazing how far they have come this past year!
perfect emergent reader for the end of the year!
perfect emergent reader for the end of the year!
perfect emergent reader for the end of the year!
perfect emergent reader for the end of the year!
perfect emergent reader for the end of the year!

 You can purchase I Learned How to be a Kindergartener on TpT for only $1. It includes printables to create a six-page emergent reader for students, letters for students to cut and paste into the book, and instructions for the teacher!
perfect emergent reader for the end of the year!

Or, save big and buy the Bundle of Books! This mega download is over 500 pages long and includes more than 70 emergent readers for sight word practice. Save over 40% when you buy the Bundle!
Best TpT purchase ever!

The big day finally arrived! We ordered custom sashes through Andersons.com so the kindergarteners would have a lasting keepsake of their special day. Priced at about $5 each, I think the sashes are a nice alternative to the cap and gown. They added a touch of formality to the student's "Sunday Best" attire, but were far less of a temptation to play with than a big cap or gown. 
 custom sashes for kindergarten graduation
The sashes come in a wide variety of solid colors, plus printed backgrounds!
Custom graduation sashes for preschool or kindergarten students from Andersons
Custom graduation sashes for preschool or kindergarten students from Andersons
Finally, my students were ready to graduate! 

This is one of my favorite photos from the event. The students had a chance to chat and share their excitement before the ceremony began!
kindergarten graduation ideas

Find lots of great end-of-year ideas and activities!
End of the year ideas for Kindergarten

6 comments:

  1. Love the idea of the sashes. I will have to keep that in mind for next year.

    April
    Wolfelicious

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  2. The graduation portraits turned out adorable! I bet parents loved them :)

    Jessica
    The Littlest Scholars

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  3. Do you have kids that have to be retained? If so, what do you do about them? I would love to do "graduation" stuff, but it is always an End-of-Year Celebration because of not every child going on to first grade.

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  4. That picture of the kids on the riser is one of the most precious pis I have seen. Just ADORABLE.
    Mels

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  5. I can't find the sashes that can be personalized! Can you help???

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    1. Hi Stefanie,
      Here is a link to get you started. http://www.andersons.com/AlphabetU/sashes-and-stoles/Full-color-Custom-Graduation-Sash-Superstars I always order mine over the phone so I can tell someone exactly what color I want and what I want each side of the sash to say. It takes some time but is totally worth it. They do a better job of displaying their sashes in their catalog. I'm sure if you call customer service they will mail you a catalog. I hope this helps!

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