Saturday, May 25, 2013

Another Year Is Over!

Photo of favorite thing in Kindergarten
My students give me their favorite thing about Kindergarten and I write it up on the board.  This is one of the decorations for our graduation.

Yesterday was officially my last day of the school year.  This year has went by so quickly.  I returned to school with 3 weeks left after my maternity leave.  It was bittersweet!  Loved seeing my kiddos but hated leaving my lil.  

We always have a Kindergarten Graduation the last week of school.  Each K teacher puts it on in their classroom.  I like this because I can add what I want to my graduation.  Here are some of the things I do.  It seems like my classroom parents really enjoy it.

First I have my kiddos sit in the middle room so their parents can come in and sit.  Then once I know that every student has someone there, I play the graduation march song and the students parade out.  Once all the students are out and lined up at the front of the classroom, I welcome the parents and introduce the Kindergarten graduating class.  Then I tell the parents we have a poem to perform for them.

K is for Kindergarten---hip, hip, hooray.
I is for imagination we use everyday.
N is for numbers--we know one, two, three.
D is for drawing, the best you can see!
E is for exercise to keep our bodies strong.
R is for reading books all day long.
G is for good friends. We made more each day.
A is for the alphabet we know how to say.
R is for remembering everything we learned.
T is for treats every Friday we earned.
E is for excitement. This year we've had some.
N is for next year. First grade here we come.

Each student or each pair of students say their part.  Then at the end of it all the students say, Yay!! First Grade!!!!

Next, we sing First Grade, First Grade.

This year I used this version, but there are different ones out there.

After we sing, then we sing another song. 

Make new friends,
but keep the old.
One is silver,
the other is gold.
Next, I have the students sit down on the carpet so they are nice and close to pass out awards.  I always start with the diplomas first.  I call each student up and shake their hand.  Some of the parents want a picture too so we pose for the camera.
After all the diplomas are passed out I pass out some other awards I have for them.

Then, I play a slideshow that I make on my Macbook (iMovie) showing different fun learning adventures we had all year.  The parents usually need a tissue for this. 
 This year I used these songs: We're Going to be Friends, My Wish from Rascal Flatts, Linus and Lucy (LOVE Snoopy), and Let Them Be Little.
Next I go over their folder I make for each student
Inside the folder:
Grade Card
Make New Friends Poem with class pictures
Data Graphs from all year
Slideshow DVD

Then, I go over what I am giving to each students for my end of the year gift.
Pieces of K photo
Go to Ketchen's Kindergarten to print the awesome tag.
Krazy Kool Summer photo
You can get the tag from A Cupcake for the Teacher.  Thanks Teri for creating these.

Then I always give each students a penny.  This penny has the year they graduate Kindergarten on itThere is a poem that talks about why I give them a penny.  I think it is super adorable.  I tape the penny to the poem.  I read the poem out loud to the students.

Last, I have another poem I read to the students.  I thank them for coming and allowing me to teach their child.

The graduation is always bittersweet!!  

On another note...

I saw this in the canal behind my house!  We have lived here for over 2 years and I haven't seen one in the canal.

Watch out! 

Kindergarten, 2nd -
Instagram: wolfelicious.


  1. Love your end of the year gift to kiddos! So easy and practical! Happy Summer Break!

    :) Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  2. Enjoy your summer with your sweet little precious bundle of joy April. I have 8 more days. <3
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  3. Ahhh! I live on a lake and haven't seen one yet in the past 6 years that we have lived here. Knock on wood! I think I would totally freak. I did see a huge turtle about a month ago. Where is Florida do you live? I live in South Florida, so I know it's only a matter of time before I see one.

    The Teacher's Backpack

  4. What cute ideas! Thanks for sharing! Yikes on your critter, I wouldn't want to see it in person. Teaching Little Miracles

  5. Just found your blog! Great TPT products! Laura