Graduation poems and gift ideas for preschool, pre-k, transitional kindergarten, or kindergarten classrooms.
If you have to give a speech this one won’t leave a dry eye in the house, especially yours!
I give you back your child, the same child you confidently entrusted to my care last fall. I 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.
Ten years from now if we met on the street, your child and I, a light will shine to our eyes, a smile to our lips, and we shall feel the bond of understanding once more, this bond we feel today.
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 I shall always be interested in your child and his destiny, wherever he goes, whatever he does, whoever he becomes. His joys and sorrows I’ll be happy to share.
I shall always be his friend.
Graduation Poems and Photos
Take a class picture with your digital camera and Xerox one of the poems below. Glue the poem on the back of the photo and give to the students on the last day of school.
“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 is no one else like you!
“Here is a picture that you can treasure.
Teaching you has been a pleasure!
The year now ends, and we must part,
Always know you are in my heart!”
End of the Year Souvenirs
I take this printable poem and shrink it down so it fits 4 per page. Then I cut the poems apart and glue them to the inside cover of a Scholastic book to give as a gift to each child. You can collect enough Scholastic books for your entire class for free by using your bonus points.
“I’m glad I was your teacher
I’ve come to love you so.
I can’t believe the end is here.
I hate to see you go.
Remember all the fun we had
In all the things we did.
But most of all remember …
You’re a Very Special Kid!”
Beach Ball Souvenir
This idea is a sure hit with any grade level! I ordered mini, inflatable beach balls by the dozen from Oriental Trading then inflated them and wrote with a permanent marker on each ball “I had a ball in Mrs. ______’s class” along with the year. If your students are old enough they can all sign the beach balls with a permanent marker.
Forget Me Not
Order packages of Forget Me Not seeds in bulk on-line or buy them at your local nursery. Print the following poem on paper and glue to the front of a card. On the inside of the card glue a package of the forget me not seeds and sign your name.
“We’ve shared good times.
You’ve learned a lot.
I hope you will
Forget me not!”
Butterfly Garden Seeds
Order packages of Butterfly Garden seeds in bulk on-line or buy them at your local nursery. Print the following poem on paper and glue to the front of a card. On the inside of the card glue a package of the Butterfly Garden seeds and sign your name.
“All year long I’ve watched you learn and grow,
There is so much you’ve come to know!
I know it’s hard to say good-bye,
But now it’s time to stretch your wings and fly!”
Write the words “We Had a Ball in Pre-K” on a banner (you could use sheets of butcher paper) in big black letters.
Have your entire class pose for a class picture holding the banner.
Have each child draw a picture of their favorite thing about Pre-K, Kindergarten etc on a piece of paper.
Bind all the pictures together to make a class book.
Use the class picture as the cover for the book.
Put the class “We Had a Ball…” book into a backpack that a different child can take home each night.
I added an inflatable beach ball, a pencil from Oriental Trading that said “I Had a Ball in Pre-K”, and a CD of each child’s favorite songs to the backpack for the child to keep. Make sure to add an instruction sheet to the bag so parents will know which items their child will keep and which ones to return. Each day a different child took the bag home. I had to re-stock the bag each morning with a ball, pencil, and CD when it was returned.