Hosting a Preschool or Kindergarten graduation

Preschool Graduation and Spring Spectacular
Image by kcolwell via Flickr

This week’s graduation/commencement was a huge success. As Shannon commented, every event at our school is so full of love. Its true.

Key elements for a preschool graduation:

  • Keep it simple.
  • Keep it short.
  • Fill it with song. (our school has each class sing at least one song, and also starts with and ends with all-school songs.)
  • Host it in a big enough room for the kids to roam after, with time for pictures with teachers and friends, and parents to chat summer and future plans
  • Get a photographer. This is an area our school doesn’t partake, but its been mentioned for a few years. If the whole school hires on photographer to get a picture of each student as she gets her certificate, there’s no need for a father to be running and jumping to get an image of his daughter, and likely missing the handshake entirely as he trips over a whimpering baby. If a photographer, a minimal fee, promises a picture of each child receiving a diploma, parents can sit comfortably and enjoy their children.
  • Follow with food. People are happier with a full stomach.
  • Wish everyone well, and get out. Seriously. Leave. Your kids do not need to see Mrs. Bubblydook weeping as she hugs every Kindergartner who is walking out of her door. And he’ll be encouraged to misbehave if others do. Leave. Have a nice family evening and celebrate this big milestone.
  • Bonus: create a slideshow and show it on the wall via projector before Graduation begins. It distracts parents and makes it easier to draw to order.
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mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel (jewelryverse.com) and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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