Preschool graduation is a very important stepping stone - in the life of the preschoolers and their parents alike. It is the time when they say goodbye to their so-called baby years and start on with 12 years of regular school. A preschool graduation is an important occasion to mark this, and should be made a memorable event for the preschoolers.
Ideas for Teachers
Take photographs of the kids in action - during field trips, when they are playing or working on some project. These can help in a big way during the planning of the graduation ceremony. These photographs can be displayed in a slide show. Talk to a few parents who are willing to help out for this event.
Graduation hats and gowns are very important during the main ceremony, order these beforehand. They could have the child's name printed on each of them, with the date and year of their graduation. They can probably do this at the back of the gown or on the rim of the hat.
If time permits, write goodbye cards for the little ones and get them laminated, so that the cards could serve as a remembrance of their preschool days and they fondly remember their teachers too.
Also, a week or so before the graduation ceremony, conduct a series of mock graduations so that the children get enough practice for the main day. They could practice handshakes for the time when they are receiving their certificates, so as to avoid confusion during the actual ceremony.
Ideas for the Ceremony
After the Graduation Ceremony
Like after every school-related ceremony, a photo session is a must. All the children would love to strike a pose for the camera with their certificates, in their smart tassels and gowns. A class photograph is always a good keepsake that the children, parents, as well as the teachers will treasure throughout their lives.
A small presentation of the preschool year could be arranged for the parents and kids. While making this PPT, the teachers should include photographs of all the children, but still keep it small and interesting. The children can be shown in groups playing games, coloring, or drawing.
No celebration is complete without food and beverages. Parents could help out by getting the graduation cake, snacks or beverages. The school could also arrange for a caterer to supply sandwiches or pizzas, along with cup cakes, muffins or brownies. Beverages like milk or juice could be provided to the children.
There are many ideas and themes, which would make both the parents and children happy. Preschool graduation ideas are all about how creative the preschool teachers can get. Bring in a few parents who are willing to volunteer, and voilà - you have a smashing preschool graduation event!