Graduation season will be here before we know it. And it’s not just the high school seniors who are graduation! This spring and summer there will be students of all ages moving on to new things. I still remember walking across the stage to get my graduate degree while my family watched. It was pretty special. Many of my friends are facing the first of these graduations and are dealing with transitioning from preschool to kindergarten.
Luckily for us, Weston’s birthday falls late in the year so he will have one more year of preschool before I have to prepare for this transition. But I’m already planning!
Transitioning from Preschool to Kindergarten Tips
Although it may not seem like a big deal to some people, preschool graduation is really the first opportunity to celebrate an academic achievement. It might not be high school or college graduation but it’s a time to really make some great memories with your family.
Anything that encourages children to be excited about their education is a good thing! Plus, there are fun ways to ease any worries your former preschooler might have about moving up to kindergarten!
Read About It
It might be my experience teaching kids how to read when I was in the classroom, but I’ve seen how sharing books about things coming up can really help ease anxiety for kids. If your child is worried about leaving preschool behind for the big halls of kindergarten, break out some stories to share!
Kindergarten, Here I Come by D.J. Steinberg is a good book to share with your kids as they face this new experience. And one of my all-time favorites is The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing. I love all of her Night Before… books and used them in my classroom for years!
Many preschools will have a graduation ceremony for the kids headed off to kindergarten. It’s a wonderful way to make the transition feel special rather than scary. Don’t be afraid to celebrate it and create some special memories with your child.
You can have a graduation party at your house for family and friends. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated. Pizza and cupcakes will do when you’re a soon-to-be kindergarten student! We loved making Graduation Cap cupcakes for the special day!
The important part is that your child feels special and knows that you’re celebrating their accomplishments as a student!
One thing that I think makes preschool graduation even more special is sharing it with important people in your child’s life. A party is a fun way to celebrate the achievement but I also love the idea of sending out a graduation announcement to family and friends that don’t live close enough to come party with your little graduate!
It’s just another way to make your child fee special and help Kindergarten seem like a really special place to be headed!
I had no trouble customizing the Gold Stripes Graduation Invitation to make it work for our little man. I loved that this one really felt gender neutral. Plus, I love stripes! I just changed up the border from scallops to make it more boyish feeling and had a cute announcement ready to order for Weston!
Sharing about graduations of any kind is easy with beautiful graduation invitations and announcements from Shutterfly! From the custom color palette that allows you to choose your school’s colors to foil-stamped designs you can really personalize your announcements. You can also choose different formats (flat, 3/4 fold, tri-fold), different sizes (6×8, 5×7, 4×8, 5×5, 4×5), and different trim options (scallop, square, rounded, bracket, ticket). Plus there are back of the card designs and the ability to import your grad’s Instagram photos! So many options!
As this important time gets closer, sit down and plan a few special things that will make transitioning from preschool to kindergarten easier for your child. It’s a great time to make some extra special memories that you both cherish for the rest of your lives.
They grow up so fast!
And mom, try to smile if you can. Celebrate through the tears, right?
Tell me how you like to celebrate the graduation achievements of your kids!