Virtual Graduation & Other Ideas

Thursday, 7 May 2020
"Peace Out Kindergarten."  Here's a throwback to the last day of school in 2019 when we were packing up our classrooms for summer cleaning.
We are all entering some unknown territory as our school year comes to an end and we won’t get the chance to go back and close out the year with our kinderbabies (or whatever grade you teach).  I have been working hard to pull together some end of the year gifts and come up with some ideas to celebrate our year.  To see some of the gift ideas I am currently working on for my students, go back to Monday’s post.

Each year, we always have a kindergarten graduation ceremony complete with caps and gowns.  I already know that we won’t be able to make this happen this year, so I have been working on something I can do online with my students and their families!  I have created a Power Point Presentation, which I plan to present to my families via Zoom. 

You can purchase this completely editable file from my TPT store if you are interested in doing this with your class.  There is a beginning slide with sound effects (which you can edit).  Next, there is a slide for each student in which you can list their accomplishments for the year, add a picture of them, list a class award, and tell something you will miss about them!  All of that is also completely editable and can be changed, reworded, or taken off.  At the end of the presentation, I created a slide to conclude the virtual graduation.  This is a great place to include a class picture or a Word Art image like I used—more about this in a moment. 

This virtual graduation is different than anything I’ve ever done.  I know it will be different for students and parents to be sitting at home watching on their computer screen, but I wanted something that would keep them engaged.  I didn’t want it to take too long to watch as I present it live to the families, yet something that will give the students a special moment of recognition they deserve.  And, of course, I still have plenty of time to tweak it and make changes before I schedule a date to present this to them.

At the end of the Power Point, you will see the Word Art I created to use in my classroom’s Virtual Graduation.  I created this at completely free (although there is an option to purchase a higher quality image) by entering Kindergarten on the first line, then each student’s name on the following lines.  You can choose the image shape (there are other options besides a graduation cap) and personalize it with any colors you want, including the classic black and white.  This is a really neat website and can be another great graduation gift (or Mother’s/Father’s Day) for your students!  It’s literally FREE and you can use their name and some words to describe them, purchase a frame from the Dollar Tree for $1, and have a nice framed gift for each of your students!  You can’t beat that price for such a beautiful keepsake gift!

I hope this has been helpful and given you more some ideas on how to conclude your year with your students.  I’d love to hear all the other things that you are doing with your class, so feel free to comment below or on our Facebook page!

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