Whether it's Pre-K or College, or anything in-between, finishing out the end of a school year is something to celebrate!
There are many different ways to make this celebration special for young children.
Here is a collection of ideas from simple to extravagant to get you started!
Have a ceremony
Consider hosting a ceremony to mark the transition from Pre-K to Kindergarten.
Whether your a homeschooling parent or Pre-K teacher there are many simple ways to make this a special event for preschoolers.
A graduation hat or crown can make preschoolers feel special and set the tone for the event. Invite preschoolers to add their own flare to their graduation crown ahead of time. Plan to hand out a personalized promotion or graduation certificate.
Give preschoolers an opportunity to share something; they might want to share something special about the past year or what they want to be when they grow up.
If you are doing a group ceremony consider putting together a simple slideshow that shows off some of the fun ways the preschoolers learned and progressed over the year.
Have a get together
There are many ways to host a get together for a graduation celebration. For preschool/pre-k programs you can have a celebration along with your ceremony during regular school hours or host a celebration in the evening.
For decor try shopping around at the dollar spot of your local retail store and don't forget about your local dollar store.
Plan for the children to pitch in with decorations, they can make some collaborative art or scrapbooks as keepsakes.
Another idea is to use this time for fundraising by also hosting an end of the year Art Show where parents and family can purchase artwork made by the preschoolers.
If you're a homeschooling parent celebrating the end of preschool is a great time to host a family gathering! You may have multiple little graduates in your family that can all be celebrated at once.
Community Member Terrea created these fun treats for her graduation crayon themed celebration
Seuss Inspired Graduation Celebration by The Brass Paperclip Project
Photo Collage by Fabulous Flamingo
30 Graduation Party Desserts by Oh My Creative
Create a memory book
Creating a memory book for preschool is a wonderful way to reflect on your year together and prepare for the next step.
Early Childhood Educators might consider creating a book that can remain with the program and invite each student to create their own small version as well. One simple idea is to fold a small stack of card stock in half and staple at the folded edge, then children can personalize.
Print a variety of photos taken over the course of the year for children to choose from, they will each have their own moments they remember as being the most special.
Another idea is for each child to create a small poster rather than a book.
A Promotion Keepsake
In addition to a graduation certificate many early childhood educators like to pass on another type of keepsake. Our readers have shared many different fun ideas over the years, here are a few favorites:
Graduation Class Tshirt by Where the Smiles Have Been
Graduation Gift Ideas by Teaching with Terhune
End of Year Portfolio by Fun a Day
Create a collaborative art piece
Creating a collaborative art piece is a great way to celebrate the past year with friends.
Create a piece of art that can be displayed for the next class to enjoy. Sheena W shared this collaborative branch art her group created.
Jena L. had some children transitioning out of her program. She shared this sweet canvas, that will remind them of their time in her care and all of the great friends they made!
Fingerprint Art by Art is Basic
Collaborative Art Ideas for Kids by Bug and Buddy
Collaborative Painting by Art Bar
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