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Graduation Fun for the End of Kindergarten

Since I teach Kindergarten, the last few weeks of school are all about one thing: Kindergarten Graduation. My students can’t wait to graduate and the teachers work hard to make graduation a truly special event.

Kindergarten Graduation Portraits

My students made these adorable portraits of themselves as graduates!

kindergarten graduation student portrait art project

Sight Word Book for the End of Kindergarten

All of my students created one last Interactive Sight Word Reader before graduation: I Learned How to be a Kindergartener. I wanted to cry as I watched all of my students independently create and read their own books. It’s amazing how far they have come this past year!

sight word emergent reader for the end of kindergarten
student gluing letters to spell sight word "how" in I learned how to be a kindergartener sight word book
student gluing letters to spell "how" in sight word book for the end the year in kindergartener
kindergarten student coloring page of sight word book about kindergarten graduation

You can purchase I Learned How to be a Kindergartener for only $1.25. It includes printables to create a six-page emergent reader for students, letters for students to cut and paste into the book, and instructions for the teacher!

Or, save big and buy the Bundle of Books! This mega contains 100 emergent readers for sight word practice at a savings of 50%.

Custom Sashes for the Graduation Ceremony

The big day finally arrived! We ordered custom sashes through so the kindergarteners would have a lasting keepsake of their special day. Priced at about $5 each, I think the sashes are a nice alternative to the cap and gown. They added a touch of formality to the student’s “Sunday Best” attire, but were far less of a temptation to play with than a big cap or gown.

boys sitting at kindergarten graduation and wearing custom sashes instead of a cap and gown

The sashes come in a wide variety of solid colors, plus printed backgrounds!

custom sash colors for kindergarten graduation ceremony

Finally, my students were ready to graduate!

This is one of my favorite photos from the event. The students had a chance to chat and share their excitement before the ceremony began!

kindergarten students seated on stage risers for graduation ceremony

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Maria Gavin

Maria is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher, with 13 years of teaching experience. Her love and passion for all things early childhood is now fulfilled as a mom to two amazing kids. She loves sharing practical and creative tips and ideas that are perfect for young learners – in the classroom or at home!

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  1. Do you have kids that have to be retained? If so, what do you do about them? I would love to do “graduation” stuff, but it is always an End-of-Year Celebration because of not every child going on to first grade.

    1. Hi Stefanie,
      Here is a link to get you started. I always order mine over the phone so I can tell someone exactly what color I want and what I want each side of the sash to say. It takes some time but is totally worth it. They do a better job of displaying their sashes in their catalog. I’m sure if you call customer service they will mail you a catalog. I hope this helps!

    2. Anderson actually has a sister website called and they have more options than the anderson site. However, they don’t offer any previews of what the sashes will look like with letters printed on them:

      but thanks to the pic on your blog, I got a better idea which is important b/c some fonts look awful when printed vertically depending on various factors. I still had to go to a font preview site b/c I didn’t have some of them on my computer and i wanted to see how they looked in upper case. IN case anyone is interested:

      Thanks for posting the pic. You were more helpful to me than the 4 c/s reps I spoke with b/c they all said there were no pics available of the custom sashes with letters on them.

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Hi, I'm Maria.

I’m a former kindergarten teacher turned work-from-home mom. I still love sharing ideas and resources to make teaching easier, so you can focus on what really matters in the classroom. When I’m not working on the blog, you’ll find me chasing kids around the house with a cold cup of coffee in my hand (some things never change even once you’re out of the classroom!)


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