Edit: This post was originally published during remote learning. CLICK HERE to learn How to Plan a Kindergarten or PreK Graduation for in-person instruction. If you are still teaching online, keep reading for virtual graduation tips…
Creating A Virtual Kindergarten Graduation in 2021
When I created my Graduation Bundle, I envisioned performing the program in a packed auditorium. Covid-19 threw a wrench in that plan last year, but I adapted my program for a virtual kindergarten graduation to end the year on a high note. I was optimistic that 2020 would be the only year we would have to make that adjustment. While I am back in the classroom with my students five days a week, assemblies are not happening this year. So a live graduation is out of the question, and we must pivot once again.
I know you are #teachertired and you don’t think you have the energy to pull off a Virtual Graduation. I can help! My Graduation Bundle has all you need to make it happen. This resource has helped hundreds of teachers across the country create a memorable end of the year celebration to remember.
In this blog post, I will show you how I plan to create a virtual ceremony using some pre-taped video portions. Keep in mind that I will be doing the pre-taped portions with my students who are in the classroom in-person. If you are still fully remote, CLICK HERE to read how I created a virtual ceremony last year!
OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO INSPIRED GRADUATION PROGRAM
Please note, as I said earlier this bundle was originally designed for a traditional ceremony in person. Several portions of this bundle (but not everything included in it) may be adapted for an online celebration. What you don’t use this year, simply save for next year! I have so many satisfied teachers who have invested in this resource and use it year after year for their pre-k or kindergarten end of year programs. You can read the reviews for yourself!
CREATING YOUR VIRTUAL KINDERGARTEN GRADUATION WITH THE BUNDLE:
This Graduation MEGA Bundle includes all you need for your Pre-K or Kindergarten End of the Year Ceremony with an Oh, the Places They’ll Go theme! This zip file includes a bulletin board craft, differentiated balloon writing templates, medium and large display letters, pastel pennant banner letters, editable invitations, editable program, editable diplomas, and my personal graduation script with teacher tips, poems, songs, and more! I will explain what is included and list options for using the contents this school year…
OH, THE PLACES THEY’LL GO BULLETIN BOARD BUNDLE
This Bulletin Board BUNDLE includes 27 differentiated balloon writing templates, craft templates, bulletin board letters, and décor to create a Graduation display to remember! Both primary and regular lined templates are included. Choose from 2 display options – (3-D or pastel), or CREATE BOTH at different times throughout the year like I do!
In-Person Option: Make the craft in school. You may create a bulletin board, and use the photos of it as a backdrop for your virtual celebration. You can also take the kids’ pictures with the craft for your highlight video. Another option is to video each child reading the sentence about what he or she wants to be. Drag and drop the clips into iMovie and you can share your screen to play the video during your virtual graduation.
Remote Option: You may upload this craft to your Google Classroom. Ask students to complete the craft at home, take a picture with it, and send you the picture. You could then put all of the pictures into an iMovie, slideshow, or online photo album.
PASTEL BANNER FLAG PENNANT STYLE LETTERS
Use these banner flag pennant style to create any saying you wish such as Class of 2021 or Class of followed by the year your students will graduate high school (2033 for Kindergarten this year). Each pennant is 5×7 inches and prints one to a page – Save ink and print only those that you need. I even used this banner set for my son’s first birthday. It’s pretty awesome!
Virtual Ceremony Option: Create your Class of 2021 Banner at home and take a picture! Post on your Google Classroom or in your End of the Year Video! You may also have it hang in the background while you host your virtual ceremony.
This file includes my personal 18 page graduation script filled with teacher tips, ideas, teacher’s scripted lines, poems, songs, and more. This is a non-editable file.
In-Person Option: I am teaching the kids the songs in person. You may record the students singing the songs all together, or video each student singing one line.
Virtual Option: You may teach the kids songs in your online sessions. I plan on assigning each student a line in the poem. I will have Mom or Dad record them and email it to me. Then, I’ll just drag and drop the video files into iMovie and share with the parents.
Choose from Full Page or Half Page. – Print, Post, or email!
You may personalize by add wording or graphics of your choosing!
Virtual Ceremony Option: Email or post the invitation of your virtual ceremony. I plan on doing it during my final Google Meetup in June. I will post two weeks before the date.
EDITABLE GRADUATION PROGRAM / PAMPHLET
Choose which option you like for the front and back covers. Click the boxes to personalize. My graphics are secured and may not be deleted. Wording and graphics may be added. The entire program inside is FULLY EDITABLE for you to customize as you wish.
Virtual Ceremony Option: You may create a program for your online celebration and post it in your Google Classroom prior to the online ceremony. You may also email the program in advance so that parents know the order of events.
Choose from 9 options including templates for preschool, kindergarten, and general diplomas. Select which diploma option you like, and click the boxes to customize. Please note that my graphics are secured in place and may not be deleted as with the previous two editable options. You may Insert text boxes to add text anywhere you like. You may also add graphics such as your school’s logo or even a picture of each graduate on the side.
Use this product year after year! You may use many of the elements included in this bundle throughout your school year if you wish. For example, the balloon writing templates include a goal setting prompt that I use at the beginning of the year. In addition, you can create banners with the included pennants for any occasion.
Teacher Tips for Your Virtual Kindergarten Graduation
As they say, “Less is more!” My biggest tip is to keep it simple this year. I am definitely planning on condensing the length of my original program. Prerecording portions of your ceremony may be helpful. If you are doing an end of the year highlight movie, you can have that ready to go. I have switched from Google Meet to Zoom this year. I will simply share my screen during portions of the program to show the prerecorded videos.
If you have a small class, you could call on each student and ask them what their favorite thing about kindergarten was. You could also ask them what they want to be when they grow up to go along with the theme. If you are printing the diplomas, you could read off each name. Sing a song together, and end with the special poem I have included in the script. Whatever you do will make it memorable!
I hope that this post has inspired you to create an amazing VIRTUAL Kindergarten Graduation!
Most importantly, I hope you are taking care of yourself during this trying school year. Summer is right around the corner. We can do this!
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