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End of the Year Gifts
I give these two gifts every year to my students. On the left is a white board with a marker. I go to Home Depot and buy the bathroom wall boards (they will cut them for you to any size you want) and use colorful duct tape to tape the sides, add ribbon and marker. The card has this poem.
On the right is a letter placemat with this poem: "I like to see the letters I know all lined up in a little row. I'll read them on my placemat here so I will be ready for next year." You can substitute sight words instead of letters.

We painted paper plates and drew on facial features, fringed some construction paper the color of their hair, and cut and glued on a grad cap. These will decorate the wall in the Community Hall during our graduation program.

We are reminiscing and making lists and graphs of a favorite books, songs, games, and centers.



GRADUATION PROGRAM


Entered singing "I Am Here to Graduate"

Children sang and did hand motions to "If I Were a Butterfly"

Teachers read a "Dear Parents" letter.

Children sang "I'm a Little Graduate"

Then we showed a slide show filled with pictures of the children all through the year. The music for the slide show was Billy Dean's "Let Them Be Little" and Sandi Patti's "Love in Any Language".
The program concluded with the children doing sign language to the end of the song.

Not a dry eye in the place.

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MORE END OF THE YEAR ACTIVITIES

KINDERGARTEN FLOWERS WITH POEM
Submitted by Jane
I was searching for graduation poems to go in my kindergarten memory books.  I saw one of your poems and adapted it to fit one of my last memory pages which students stamp their handprint 3 times in a circular pattern to create a flower.  I cut around their handprints to create a more petal like flower and then add a long stem and leaves.

Here's the poem I plan on adding to this page:
 
When I started kindergarten
I was very, very small
I have grown so much bigger now
Can't you see how tall?
 
I've learned to read and write
and to try my best with all my might.
 
Like a seed that was planted
with a gentle hand and spade
I've bloomed and I'm ready
to move on to first grade!!

OFF TO KINDERGARTEN
Submitted by Teri
When I was small I was afraid
Teacher helped me, and art I made
I splashed in water, collected worms
Never knowing how much I learned
Pretending how to put out the fire
I was a princess, crown of bended wire
I practiced how to write my name
and soon enough it brought me fame
Exploring, discovering, creative play
Is what we did everyday
This was the greatest place to grow
Now off to kindergarten I will go
My head held high
I will try not to cry

GRADUATION SONGS
I am Here to Graduate
Tune- London Bridge
I am here to graduate, graduate, graduate.
I am here to graduate on this special day.

I'm a Little Graduate
Tune: I'm a Little Teapot
I'm a little graduate
Aren't you proud of me.
I know my numbers and ABC's
I made lots of freinds and had fun too.
Now I'm off to the BIG KIDS SCHOOL!

LETTER TO PARENTS
Dear Parents,

We give you back your child, the same child you confidently entrusted to our care last fall. We give him back pounds heavier, inches taller, months wiser, more responsible, and more mature then he was then.

Although he would have attained his growth in spite of me, it has been my pleasure and privilege to watch his personality unfold day by day and marvel at this splendid miracle of development.

I give him back reluctantly, for having spent nine months together in the narrow confines of a crowded classroom, we have grown close, have become a part of each other, and we shall always retain a little of each other.

We have lived, loved, laughed, played, studied, learned, and enriched our lives together this year. I wish it could go on indefinitely, but give him back I must. Take care of him, for he is precious.

Remember that we shall always be interested in your child and his destiny, wherever he goes, whatever he does, whoever he becomes. His joys and sorrows we will always be happy to share.

MOTHER GOOSE END OF YEAR THEME
Last Year our program used a Mother Goose Theme for the End of the Year Graduation/Field Day Parents brought potluck finger foods or juice to drink. The teaching staff provided all the paper products and clean-up materials and a maindish.

Each child got a long twine with a Mother Goose cut out stapled to it. As he/she participated at each station, a paper medal representing a nursery rhyme was attached to the necklace.

Humpty Dumpty----plastic eggs on a 2x4 were shot off with squirt guns. Little Jack Horner----each child was served a slice of pie to eat. Jack Be Nimble--- pillar candles were placed in a zigzag row for children to jump over. The Cow Jumped Over the Moon--rubber gloves filled with water, tied at the top and tied to a sawhorse with a "cow" head and tail were "milked" Mistress Mary, Quite Contrary--children decorated an egg carton cup and used a pipecleaner stem as flowers. The Old Woman Who Lived in a foot race--Large sized used shoes were woren by the children as they walked, ran, skipped and hopped in a relay race. Baa Baa Black Sheep paper bag stuff--children raced to fill 3 bags full of foam faster than their teacher could.

In addition, a water table filled with bubble solution was available. Children were taught to use their hands and other materials to blow bubbles (mesh berry baskets, string, plastic rings from small yogurt lids that were cut out, pipe cleaners, grass, etc.)

Each class decorated a t-shirt for their teacher with their handprints using fabric paint.

Those children who were transitioning to kindergarten wore graduation hats made of tag board. Tassles of different colors were used for each teacher's class. These children were presented with certificates of completing Early Childhood Special Education Program signed by the prgram director and the teacher.. All the other children in the program were presented with certificates of participation. That way all the children were recognized. We also recognized those parents and/or community members who had volunteered in the classes during the year.

GRADUATION POEM
You are a very special person
And you should know,
How I loved to have you in my care
How fast the years did go!

Please come back to visit me
As through the grades you go
Try hard to learn all that you can
There's so much to know

One thing I tried to teach you
To last your whole life through,
Is to know that you are special
Just because, you are you!

LAST DAY
We have pretended to go someplace really fun--like Hawaii (cause we're in the Midwest). We set the room up the day before like the inside of an airplane--chairs in rows. The children come in and get on the plane. The principal comes on the intercom and pretends to be the pilot and we take off. We watch a short movie while on board and serve the children a small drink and peanuts (or whatever if you have an allergic child). We land and get off and change into swimsuits and towels and get our shades and sunscreen on. We really "pretend" we are there and the kids get into it big time. We go outside and spread out our towels on the lawn and do the typical water games stuff (a sprinkler is the ocean). While in Hawaii, we eat fresh pineapple and other fruit and then change back into our clothes for the trip home. We get back on the plane and come home. Just be careful, I've had parents who thought we were really going to Hawaii and wanted to see us off at the real airport!! I can't even afford to take myself but I guess they thought I got some kind of special deal.

KINDERGARTEN CADENCE
Submitted by Claire
I wrote this a few years ago for our 'end of the year' program.  It has been passed around throughout our entire school system.  We now say it at our K Graduation.  The kids know my husband is an 'army man' so they really get into it and LOVE it!  (I say each line and they repeat it.)

I don't know but I've been told...
Kindergarten made us grow.
We learned to count, write & read...
raise our hands before we speak.
ABC's & 123's...
good behavior got us treats.
We've tried so hard to make you proud...
we're through with Kindergarten...
SHOUT IT OUT!

END OF YEAR POEM
When I started Kindergarten,
I was very, very small.
I have grown much bigger now,
Can't you see how tall?
I learned to write my name and numbers,
and my ABC’s,
Oh, I love to go to school now,
Take me back soon, won’t you please!!

END OF YEAR WEEK FOR INDOORS_ MOVIE/VIDEO STORE
Submitted by Murrie
"Finding Nemo" was out in the theatres and many of the children in my class had gone with their parents to see it. I took the opportunity to build on their common experience and transformed our dramatic play area into a concession stand/ticket window/video rental place.  We sold "popcorn" (packing material); sno cones (balls from the ball pit fit nicely on top of 9oz. styro foam drinking cups and gave us a variety of flavors and colors)we made candy bars out of flattened paper towel tubes cut to size and that we wrapped in gold wrapping paper with a white label.  This actually became a separate project of a small group who "made" the bars and sold them to the concession stand. We put different colored water in plastic soda bottles {I taped the lids so they could not really be used} and sold soda; we had empty video boxes that we pasted pictures on for movies to rent, the children took turns working the concession stand.  We had some ball caps with the hat portion white and blue brims. We wrote the names of the workers ie: cashier, popcorn, ticket taker, this way we controlled how many could be behind the counter area.  The people who "worked" had to measure and weigh popcorn and fill the brown sandwich bags, they had to stamp the video rental cards, take the money, be polite and remember to ask if they could help you and to say thank you,come again etc.  The ushers took the tickets and seated the people in the "theatre" and other children performed.  On the last day fo class we brought in a movie and had all the real snacks for the children. A lot of good skills were brought into play and it helped end the year nicely.  We live in the desert and our ability for outdoor is limited when the temperature are over 100 degrees.  This was a lot of fun for my 4 and 5 yr. old children

GRADUATION SONG
Submitted by Danielle
We had our four year olds practice and then recite this cute poem for their parents during graduation.  They loved it!!
 Do you remember last fall?
 I was only this tall (have kids put their hand up to their chest)
 Now look at me I am way up here (put hand on top of head)
 and my I've learned a lot this year.
 In fact they think i'm really great,
 that's why I get to graduate!

KINDERGARTEN END OF YEAR SONG
 "I've Been Going to Kindergarten" 
to the tune of I've been working on the railroad.

I've been going to Kindergarten
All the whole year long!
I've been going to Kindergarten
And I've learned lots of songs!

I can read and write and add problems,too.
There isn't a story problem I can't do!

I've been going to Kindergarten all the whole year through.

First grade, here we come.
First grade, here we come.
The best is still yet to come.

First grade here we come.
First grade here we come.
There's nothing we can't do

END OF YEAR GIFT
Get inexpensive pillowcases and paint-print the hildren's hands on each pillowcase.
The write this poem on each.
Now I lay me down to sleep 
I'll count these hands instead of sheep 
And think about the friends I made 
When I was in Ms. _______’s first grade.

CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG
Submitted by Tammy
Clifford graduation hats. I am a preschool teacher and every year we plan a graduation for our jumpstart class. This year we will be doing the theme Clifford. I wanted to do something out of the ordinary so I took a look out the average graduation cap and cut one out of red construction paper. I add ears and for the tassle I am using a dog bone with the year 2003. It is sooo cute! I showed it to the 5 year olds. They had a fit  they wanted to wear it now. They can`t wait for graduation day.

GRADUATION GIFT
Submitted by Judy
This year I went to the dollar store and purchase autograph books, one for each student in my class. Instead of autographs, I'm putting pictures that I've taken of the children over the year and writing things they've said. I had one child leave preschool two months before graduation so I quickly made his book and had all of the other children sign there names. He enjoyed this so much that I'm going to have all the children sign each others books. I'm also going to include a poem and some certificates to show there ABC and counting knowledge.

ABC END OF YEAR
A, B, C Farewell

A is for the alphabet when we know how to say.
B is for busy bodies - at work and at play.
C is for colors - red, yellow, blue, and green.
D is for drawing pictures, the best you've ever seen.
E is for exercise to keep our bodies strong.
F is for the fun we've had as we have gone along.
G is for the good friends we made throughout the year.
H is for happy faces, filled with love and cheer.
I is for imagination used at every turn.
J is for good jobs and the praises we have earned.
K is for kindergartners - hip, hip, hooray!
L is for learning - more and more each day.
M is for minding and showing our respect.
N is for numbers. One, two, three . correct?
O is for the obstacles we learned to overcome.
P is for puppets and for playing rhythms on a drum.
Q is for all the questions we've asked throughout the year.
R is for reading stores, even those that bring a tear.
S is for different snacks, several we have tried.
T is for talking.  It's not to be denied.
U is for unusual; it fits some things we've done.
V is for volunteers - parents and everyone!
W is for the world of words we've barely dipped into.
X is for extra special kids - it's him, it's her, it's you.
Y is for yes, it has been a great year!
Z is for first-grade zest. We're ready, have no fear!

END OF SCHOOL COUNT DOWN SONG
Submitted by Debra
(To the tune of "100 Bottles of Coke on the Wall")
26 days of school to go
26 days of school
We come to school we mark one down,
25 days of school to go

25 days of school to go,
25 days of school
Hip-hip Hooray 25 days,
There's 25 days of school to go!

RAINBOW END OF YEAR
Submitted by Marilyn
We celebrate the end of the year in our 3's class in a very simple way.  We invite the parents into the classroom for songs, stories and familar flannelboards that we have done throughout the school year.  A big hit is the song "The World Is A Rainbow' by Greg and Steve.  The children paint towel rolls different colors of the rainbow (we make enough for the parents, too) and they add colorful streamers.  Then when we sing the song, everyone waves a "rainbow stick' to the music.  We print up the words on rainbow computer paper, the paper goods for our snack are rainbow theme and we talk about how everyone is different, but we are all beautiful.  (as in the colors of the rainbow)  We read Rainbow Fish, also. Our little "diplomas" are also typed on Rainbow paper.  When I did this activity  with older children, they sat on chairs in a semi-circle, each with a different color of balloon tied to the back of their chair.
This is a very easy activity, and one that the parents, teachers and children really, really enjoy.

EDIBLE GRAD. CAPS
 Place a miniature peanut butter cup, bottom up, on a plate. Top with a small dollop of frosting or peanut butter, then press on a chocolate-covered graham cracker.
For a tassel, tightly roll up a small square of fruit leather. Cut fringe on one end and attach the other end to the center of the graham cracker with
another dab of frosting or peanut butter.

A Time for Change
Youngsters experience a range of emotions at the end of the school year--from excitement about a long-awaited vacation to nervous anticipation about first grade. Set the stage for a discussion about these feelings by reading aloud A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle. Explain to students that they have something in common with the crab--they are growing up. Just like the crab who outgrows one home and moves into another, students are
nearing the end of this school year and will soon be ready for a new one. Give each youngster an opportunity to share one fond memory of this school year and one hope for the coming year. Be sure to tell about your memories and hopes, too.

KINDERGARTEN HERE WE COME
Kindergarten, Here We Come!
Send your little ones on their way with this song!
(sung to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star")
Kindergarten, here we come!
We know we'll have lots of fun.
Lots of things to make and do.
Reading, writing, counting, too.
Kindergarten, here we come!
We know we'll have lots of fun.

GRADUATION CAPS - SEVERAL IDEAS
The children made their own graduation caps from a square of heavy cardboard  and the little foam bowls that you can buy at any discount store.  They  decorated the squares and painted the bowls.  I punched holes in the bowl and slipped a ribbon to tie.  They did not stay on very well but they sure were  cute, and not too expensive.
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Here is what I have always done to make them. I hope I can explain it in writing, as it is much easier to demonstrate!
1. Cut a 7x7" square from posterboard
2. Cut two 7x1 1/2" strips from the same color posterboard
3. Cut a 2 1/2" strip long enough to fit around the child's head, usually you have to cut a strip and a half to join to fit.
4. Poke a hole in the center of the posterboard square, insert a brad, but do not open it yet.
5. Place the two 1 1/2" strips in a cross formation, put them on the brad that you have in the square. Open the brad to secure the strips on the square.
6. Fit the 2 1/2" strips around the child's head, and staple to secure.
7. To attach the head strip to the mortarboard, you just pull up the strips that are attached to the square, put them in the inside of the head band, and staple to secure. The brim of the headband should be flush with the square.
8. TA DA!!! You have made your 1st graduation cap! Now get parents to help you with the rest.
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We use blue -- but of course any color would work. Use one 9" square of blue construction paper for the mortarboard (sp?).  Cut a 4" wide strip of extra long blue paper that can easily go around the child's head.  Measure the paper to child's head and staple.  On one side cut slits about 1" down every few inches.  Fan these tabs out and glue to underside of mortarboard.  We also make a yellow yarn tassel and use a paper brad to secure this to top of mortarboard.

GIFT FROM ME
At the end of the year I make a calendar for each child to take home.  The calendar, which I make on the computer, is compiled with pictures from the year that I have taken, poems, signatures of all our classmates, a picture of our school, and a letter from me.  I obtain a copy of the school calendar for next year and I type in all the important dates and the kido's birthdays -- so the calendar starts in June and goes through May of the next school year.  After seeing all the great stuff from this site I am going to have so much fun making them.  I will use the hand print poem and place their hand print and poem (Sticky Fingers and Big Wet Kisses) on a page -- also, the picture poem on a page filled with just their pictures.  In the past I have not made the calendars individualized -- but this year they will be.  Thanks for all the great poems and ideas.

END OF YEAR GIFTS
Submitted by Mary Z
A sucker, to remind you how sweet you are.
A band aid for one of those summer ouches!
A book marker, to help you so you don't lose your page when you are reading.
A pencil and eraser so you can practice writing.
Hugs and Kisses for those times you need them!

Graduation Song
Submitted by Carol of the KOS Loop
Tune: Battle Hymn of Republic
When I started nursery school
I was very, very small
But, I am much bigger now
Can't you see how tall
I learned to write me name
And say my ABC's
Oh, I am growing up.
Off we go to Kindergarten ( 3x's)
Oh, I am growing up!

Start Spreading the News
Submitted by Gina
Sung to:  "New York New York"
We're leaving today.
We want to be a part of
First grade, first grade

We've worked very hard
Our teachers are proud.
So open up those doors to
First grade first grade.

We know our alphabet
And numbers too.
We all can write our names
And tie our shoes!

So when summer's done
And we're finished with play
Our mom's will send us to
First grade, first grade.

If we can make it here
We'll make it anywhere
So here we come
First grade, first grade.

Graduation Activity
Submitted by Wendy
Since the end of the year is coming up I thought that I would send this to the list.  It is really cute done up in a card with a picture of the student doing some sort of activity.

When you get bigger, it's hard to recall
everything you did when you were small
But if days get forgotten, in time to come
may this photo give you a feeling of fun
Echoes of poems or games or songs,
memories of rights and notions of wrongs,
the joy of dressing up to pretend-
I hope this will help with
"I remember when......"

Graduation/End Of the Year
Submitted by Kathy
Sticky Fingers and Big Wet Kisses
Sticky fingers and big wet kisses
Dirty toes and stars with wishes
Splashing through puddles and hugs too tight
Afternoon naps and sleepless nights
I'm growing so fast, I'll soon be grown
So I've made you this hand print for your very own
So tuck it away and keep it, please
So years from now I can see
How much I changed as time went by
And you can always remember my...
Sticky fingers and big wet kisses
Dirty toes and stars with wishes......

Graduation Song
Submitted by Suzanne
Zip-a-dee-do-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay-
My oh my, what a wonderful day!
Pre-K is fun--lots of learning and play-
Zip-a-dee-do-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay!

It's time for us to go, now.
We're gonna ride the school bus-
Our new teacher's waiting for us!

Zip-a-dee-do-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay-
Beautiful feeling, beautiful day!

End of the Year Celebration
Submitted by Marilyn
Our school's policy is to keep moving up day (graduation) very simple.  This is what I do with my 3/4's class.
A few weeks prior to the day, the children paint paper towel rolls with primary colors.  Of course, they mix the paints allot and the blending comes out quite nice.  After they are dry, the children glue on primary colored crepe paper streamers, in whatever position they choose. These are then the props for the song "The World Is A Rainbow", by Greg and Steve.
I cut a large piece of white paper from a roll and cut it in a arched shape.  The children then put their hand prints all over the paper, using a variety of colors and black and brown and white.  This becomes the backdrop for our little celebration.  The parents come into the room and we sing songs that we used throughout the entire year.  I read a special story on friends, the assistant teacher does a favorite flannel board and another assistant does a few spring songs.  Our last song is the Rainbow song.  The children sit in a semi circle and are holding their paper towel rolls as props.  they sway back and forth and use the rolls to the movements on the record.  It is a song about brotherhood and quite lovely.  I have also done this song with the children sitting in chairs with a different color balloon tied to the back of the chair.  They can then take the balloon home afterwards.
The parents are then invited to have some cookies and a fruit punch in a large punch bowl with sliced lemons and oranges and cherries.  It is very festive.
Each parent is given a folder with pictures of their child throughout the year and little momentos.  Also, I select a piece of artwork from each child, date it and have it laminated as a special gift to the parent.

End of the Year Splash Day
Submitted by Betty
Our party for the end of the year was a Splash Day.  Besides the usual water play, bubbles, water balloons, squirt guns, and making fresh lemonade, the biggest hit of the day was colored water bottles.  I am sure you have seen this but it made a special item to remember the day.
One recycled soda or water bottle with cap.
Child fills with water.
Child adds food color or liquid water color.
Child adds glitter, sequins, beads, cut pcs. of colored straws.
Teacher or volunteer seals with glue gun.
Write with permanent marker to mark the special event and child's name.
(We wrote "PreK Splash Day '99")

Great Expectations
Submitted by Betty
It's time to say. Good-bye.
Our year has come to an end.
We've made more cherished memories
And many more new friends.
We've watched your children learn and grow
And change from day to day
We hope that all the things we've done
Have helped in some small way.
So it's with happy memories
We send them out the door
With great hope and expectations
For what next year holds in store.
This was from Mailbox several years ago, the author unknown

Graduation Poem
Submitted by Becca
I love this poem but I teach Kindergarten so I changed the words slightly and then created two versions, one if everyone is going on to First Grade, and another for the years when one or two would feel left out if we said we were going on . . . . just FYI
When I started Kindergarten
 I was very very small
I have grown much bigger now
Can't you see how tall?
I learned to write my name and
to write my ABCs
Oh I am growing up
We are going off to First Grade (3xs)
(OR We are going on Summer Vacation)
Oh we are growing up

 END OF YEAR THEME IDEAS
Submitted by Barbara
  "You're a very special person,
  And I wanted you to know,
  How much I enjoyed being your teacher.
  How fast the year did go!
  Please come back to visit me
  As through the grades you grow
  Try hard to learn all that you can
  There is so much to know!
  The one thing I tried to teach you
  To last your whole life through
  Is to know that you are SPECIAL
  There's no one else like you!"
   Have each class get together and makes egg salad and peanut butter sandwiches. You can invite all the parents for a picnic and they   also see the kids sing songs/fingerplays you've learned all year. For   decorations, buy new sand toys (that we always need anyway) and do a   summer/beach theme to decorate your picnic tables.

 Used a Mother Goose Theme for the End of the Year Graduation/Field Day.
  Parents bring potluck finger foods or juice to drink.  The teaching  staff provides all the paper products and clean-up materials and a  main dish.  Each child gets a long twine necklace with a Mother Goose cut out stapled to it.  As he/she participated at each station, a paper medal  representing a nursery rhyme was attached to the necklace.
  Humpty Dumpty----plastic eggs on a 2x4 were shot off with squirt guns.
  Little Jack Horner----each child was served a slice of pie to eat.
  Jack Be Nimble--- pillar candles were placed in a zigzag row for  children to jump over.
  The Cow Jumped Over the Moon--rubber gloves filled with water, tied at  the top and tied to a sawhorse with a "cow" head and tail were "milked"
  Mistress Mary, Quite Contrary--children decorated an egg carton cup and  used a pipe cleaner stem as flowers.
  The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe foot race--Large sized used shoes were  worn by the children as they walked, ran, skipped and hopped in a relay  race.
  Baa Baa Black Sheep paper bag stuff--children raced to fill 3 bags full  of foam packing material faster than their teacher could.
  In addition, a water table filled with bubble solution was available.  Children were taught to use their hands and other materials to blow  bubbles (mesh berry baskets, string, plastic rings from small yogurt lids that were cut out, pipe cleaners, grass, etc.)

  Each class decorated a T-shirt for their teacher with their hand prints  using fabric paint.

  Children who were transitioning to kindergarten wore graduation  hats made of tag board.  Tassels of different colors were used for each  teacher's class.  These children were presented with certificates of  completing Early Childhood Special Education Program signed by the  program director and the teacher..  All the other children in the program  were presented with certificates of participation.  That way all the  children were recognized.  We also recognized those parents and/or   community members who had volunteered in the classes during the year.

A, B, C Farewell
A is for the alphabet which we know how to say.
B is for busy bodies -- at work and at play.
C is for colors - red, yellow, blue, and green.
D is for drawing pictures, the best you've ever seen.
E is for exercise to keep our bodies strong.
F is for the fun we've had as we have gone along.
G is for the good friends we made throughout the year.
H is for happy faces, filled with love and cheer.
I is for imagination used at every turn.
J is for good jobs and the praises we have earned.
K is for kindergartners -- hip, hip hooray!
L is for learning -- more and more each day.
M is for minding and showing our respect.
N is for numbers.  One, two, three...correct?
O is for the obstacles we learned to overcome.
P is for puppets and for playing rhythms on a drum.
Q is for all the questions we've asked throughout the year.
R is for reading stories, even those that bring a tear.
S is for different snacks, several we have tried.
T is for talking.  It's not to be denied.
U is for unusual; it fits some things we've done.
V is for our volunteers -- parents and everyone!
W is for the world of words we've barely dipped into.
X is for extra special kids -- it's him, it's her, it's you.
Y is for yes, it has been a great year!
Z is for Kindergarten zest.  We're ready, have no fear!
2nd Poem
Summer's here! Another year of school is at an end.
We've learned a lot and grown a lot and made a lot of friends.
We'll say good-bye, now summer's here, it's time for us to part.
But we'll remember all our friends and keep them in our hearts.

END OF THE YEAR GIFT
Submitted by Karen
Another inexpensive gift for the kids is to mix up a batch of playdoh (we plan on doing this as a class) and then divide it into baggie-size portions.  Attach the recipe for how to make homemade playdoh to each baggie, and a cookie cutter if you like!  You could also put the recipe inside of a card to the kids with a personalized note.

End of year remembrance
Submitted by Diane
Hi everyone, this year I took an idea from one of my loops and made a book of the children's hand prints which I did monthly i.e. September, I made an apple tree, October, two ghosts, November, turkey, December, Santa, January, a snowflake, February, a heart, March, a shamrock, April, a tulip, May a butterfly.  I intend to put them together with a cover sheet highlighting the entire year.  I will make mention of the fun things we did, the great stories we read, the wonderful show and tell we shared, the delicious snacks we ate, our cooking lessons, the favorite songs and finger plays we did together, the special visitors that came to our class, the trips to the firehouse and library we made, etc. etc.  I will also attach a class picture and a thank you note to the parents for making our jobs easier.  I also have a great poem, author unknown which I usually  include in my last letter.
Great Expectations
It's time to say. Good-bye.
Our year has come to an end.
We've made more cherished memories
And many more new friends.
We've watched your children learn and grow
And change from day to day
We hope that all the things we've done
Have helped in some small way.
So it's with happy memories
We send them out the door.
With great hope and expectations.
For what next year holds in store.

YEAR END
Submitted by Jan
Here is a neat poem from the June/July copy of mailbox and it suggests that class recite this poem and a copy of the poem and a class photo could be given to each child.
Now I know my ABCs,
Colors, shapes, and days.
I sang some songs,
Learned some poems, rhymes, and finger plays.
I played outside on sunny days
And inside when it rained.
My little hands and little feet were busy every day.
My teacher was (teacher's name).
I kept her on her toes.
She tied my shoes, combed my hair, and even wiped my nose.
But now it's time to say “Good-bye”
To all my preschool friends.
School is over, summer's here,
But learning never ends!

 Graduation songs
Submitted by Shelley
Sung to twinkle twinkle little star
Kindergarten here we come
We know we'll have lots of fun
Lots of things to make and do
Reading  Writing Counting too
Kindergarten here we come
We know we'll have lots of fun.
Sung to Oscar Meyer Wiener
Oh, I'm ready to go off to kindergarten
That is really where I want to be
Cause when I get to go to kindergarten
Everyone will be so proud of me.

 Good Bye Gift Idea
Submitted by Teri
This year I have 50 students so I needed an inexpensive good bye gift for them.  Throughout the year I take lots of pictures of the kids.  I always get doubles of these pictures and then never know what to do with all of them.  This year I took a brown lunch sack.  I used my computer to make a tag that says Preschool Memories and glued it to the front of the sack.  Then I put in all sorts of snapshots of the children to keep as a memory of preschool.  Inside the bag I included a letter telling them how much I enjoyed them this year.  Then I mentioned a few of my favorite memories from the year.  I wrote- Do you remember:  and then listed all sorts of things like- Do you remember when we made frog floats and no one at them.  Do you remember all the times we sat on the carpet for story time and you always wanted to hear Silly Sally, etc.  This was very inexpensive but will be a great gift for them.

 

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