Preschool Graduation Speech Ideas
It’s the moment many teachers dread: Coming up with the Preschool Graduation speech ideas…. (queue in horror film music here).
Fears of being unprepared and stammering fill our heads, anxiety may set in and many think,
“I am NOT a public speaker! I HATE public speaking! I am a preschool teacher! I LOVE teaching preschool!”
Take a breath…. really! Remember the First W in Planning ?! Mhmmm……. it’s the WHY we are having this graduation program! It is to celebrate the children and their year!
Giving a preschool graduation speech is also an opportunity to publicly thank your families for sharing and entrusting their child(ren) with you.
In addition, it is an opportunity to thank staff such as the director, co-teachers, support staff and volunteers.
As you are thinking of what to say, who to acknowledge and how long to take remember this one, important factor: This is not a keynote speech for college!
Let’s say it again: It is a preschool graduation speech!
This is preschool! Yes, your students may be going off to kindergarten or moving up to Prek, but, it is still preschool! BE YOURSELF!
That, after all, is why parents entrusted the children in your program’s care to begin with!
Don’t put pressure on yourself to be “formal”…instead…. put pressure on yourself to be “you”! Or, in the words of Dr. Seuss:
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
There….feel better? This is a fun day and your preschool graduation speech ideas should keep that fact in mind! 🙂
Well, one more fact to keep in mind. Because this is Preschool Graduation, that means the preschoolers are sitting there……waiting…….excited……nervous……poking their friend beside them!
And, they are…. brace yourself…. I KNOW you’ve worked all year on this…….but……get ready……..
They are NOT LISTENING TO YOU when you give your speech!
Phew, there, I’ve said it! So, this speech is not for them–even if you address the children in this preschool graduation speech (And no, I don’t mean saying something like “And this year we have ALL learned to LISTEN WHEN SOMEONE ELSE IS TALKING, haven’t we Cheryl?”)
What I mean is that while you are presenting your speech they…. well, here is my point when it comes to preschoolers and speeches:
You KNOW that is what they are hearing! When you are giving your preschool graduation speech, be sure to have 1 or 2 adults sitting with the children to redirect them during this time! That’s all I’m saying!
There are many types of preschool graduation speeches. You might give an actual speech, read a story or show a DVD of the children!
As I said earlier, remember to just be you!
Here are a few ideas for speeches.
Feel free to use these and modify as you need to for your own program!
A “Welcoming” Preschool Graduation Speech Idea
Preschool Graduation Speech Idea #1
written by me, Miss Cheryl, at Preschool Plan It
This is the typical speech or welcoming speech I give. It includes a thank you and accolades to staff and introduces the stars: The Preschoolers!
“Hi everyone! Thank you so much for coming! We are SO excited about today, aren’t we boys and girls??!!!
Today is a very special day. Today we celebrate YOUR children’s life and times in preschool!
It’s hard for many of you to believe that the time has come for child or children…. your babies, are beginning kindergarten isn’t it?
When your children first started preschool-there was much separation anxiety. The beginning of a new school year is like that for children…and for parents!
The beginning of the school year was a time of building trust with the children……and with you. It was a time of building relationships together and creating a team with one shared goal: Providing your children with what they needed to develop and grow as preschoolers.
That trust was built, relationships and teams create. We moved through the year–as a team–growing and learning and building a foundation your children will bring with them to Kindergarten.
And now, it is very hard for US to believe your children are leaving us! You have entrusted the most important thing in your lives to us–your child. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate that trust!
We thank you for sharing your children with us. We thank you for allowing us to be part of your family during this time.
And now, it is the end of the year. It is time for your children to move on and, Guess what? It is us…. the teachers…who have separation anxiety. We will miss your children more than you know. But, we smile through the goodbye tears because we are so grateful to have been part of their lives and your family during this time.
And, I want to thank the teachers today. Thank you for your dedication to the children and their families. Thank you for your thoughtful planning and time invested in the lives of each and every one of these children!
There was a poem written by Forest Witcraft that talks about teachers and it definitely applies to the teachers, support staff and volunteers here today:
One hundred years from now
It won’t matter
What kind of car I drove
What kind of house I lived in
How much money I had in the bank
Nor what my cloths looked like
The world may be a little better
Because, I was important
In the life of a child.
And you were. You were important to each and every one of these children. Thank you.
And now, the children are very excited to get this party started, right? Okay, let’s hand over the program to the children!”
Here is when your children might sing their songs or do their play they have been practicing!
Preschool Graduation Speech Idea #2
Laugh and Be All You Can Be
Here is another you can use and modify to meet your program’s needs. It is from StudyMode
“We are here today for “ABC Preschool’s Graduation Ceremony. This is a momentous occasion in the lives of all the children.
It is also a time to recognize the outstanding work of the staff here and the parents of the students.
Just looking around, the happy smiling faces says so much about the environment here at ABC Preschool. Our children have learned so much. The school places great value on community, learning and fun.
I am proud of the way the children love coming here to school and look forward to what they learn. Seeing the big smiles on their faces in the morning is fantastic. They have learned to love learning and that skill will help them so much as they progress with their education.
Life is not just about learning to read and write. They are important, but just as important is love and friendship.
This school places great emphasis on being part of the community. This is a lifelong skill which will help all of us flourish.
It may seem slightly old-fashioned, but a sense of community to me is very important to the future of our nation and our children.
So, thank you to the other teachers here, the love you have for the children shines through in their results. Thank you to all the parents who have willingly given their time volunteering here, and who have raised such wonderful children!
Looking ahead, our children are very well-equipped to take on the next part of their educational lives. They have strong foundations and we feel very confident that we have given the children a great start in life. They have learned many priceless lessons.
So, children: Take on challenges, be loving, love learning, be part of the community, laugh and be all you can be.
Preschool Graduation Speech Idea #3:
We Give You Child Back Now
This preschool graduation speech is called We Give Your Child Back Now (author unknown)
We give you back your child, the same child you confidently entrusted to our care last fall. We give him back pounds heavier, inches taller, months wiser, more responsible, and more mature then he was then.
Although she would have attained her growth despite us, it has been our pleasure and privilege to watch her 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.
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 we must. Take care of him, for he is precious.
Remember that we shall always be interested in your child and his destiny, wherever he goes, whatever he does, whoever he becomes. His joys and sorrows we will always be happy to share.
Preschool Graduation Speech Idea #4:
Read a Story INSTEAD of A Preschool Graduation Speech!
Yes! Have the children gather on the floor in front of you, like a final Circle Time or Story Time! Wear a microphone so the families can hear it as well.
The book, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! , by Dr. Seuss is a fantastic choice for graduation!
This story is described by Amazon as:
A perennial favorite, Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise graduation speech is the perfect send-off for children starting out in the world, be they nursery school, high school, or college grads!
From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within.
In a starred review, Booklist notes: “Seuss’s message is simple but never sappy: life may be a ‘Great Balancing Act,’ but through it all ‘There’s fun to be done.’”
Preschool Graduation Speech Idea #5:
For a few weeks before graduation, talk with your preschoolers about one of their favorite things or memories about preschool! Write them down.
- Cheryl remembers the day we brought snow inside to play with.
- Joey remembers being Superman with John and how they saved the dolls from the bad guy.
- Give each youngster an opportunity to share one fond memory of this school year and one hope for the coming year. Be sure to write down one of your own as well!
Preschool Graduation Speech #6:
Here’s another story instead of a speech idea! Again, wear a microphone so the families can hear it as well.
The book, A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle is another fantastic choice for graduation!
In this adorable story, the young crab is growing up. It outgrows its home (shell) and moves into another one. After reading the story, tell the children and families, the children have much in common with the crab:
They are also growing up! They are moving on…. into a new phase of school–kindergarten (or Prek), though we will remember the fun we had in preschool!
At this point, use the information you gathered over the past few weeks about each child’s favorite memory of preschool! Have each child stand up and share their favorite memory or you can share it for them!
Preschool Graduation Speech Idea #7:
Our Year in Review: A DVD Viewing
In lieu of a long preschool graduation speech, show a DVD montauge of the children’s year.
This was a hit every single year! It was started by my mentor, Miss Peggy and I continued the tradition!
Give a short speech, thanking the parents and staff and then show the DVD in lieu of your speech!
Say something like:
“Welcome to your children’s preschool graduation ceremony! We thank you so much for sharing your children with us and entrusting them to us. They have learned and grown so much during this time!
The children have a few surprises for you! They want to ___________ (sing a few songs, fingerplays, act out a play—fill in the blank for your program details). But first, we have a surprise for you!
Rather than tell you what your children have done all year, we want to show you and reminisce with you! Enjoy!”
Invite the children to come sit down near the front so they can see also!
Play the DVD!
Creating the DVD in lieu of a preschool graduation speech for the above idea:
This takes some time but is WORTH it! If you begin saving digital pictures of the children at the beginning of the year, the process is quicker! If you are putting it together later in the year, it will just take more time to go through your photos!
Here are the steps. (numbered)
1. Choose 1 photo of each child where JUST THAT CHILD is in the photo. Use your software (I use Microsoft Paint or PowerPoint) to place their first name on the photo.
2. Choose 4-5 more pictures of EACH child. Have 3-4 of these photos showing the child participating in a small or large group activity. Have 1-2 more individual photos of that child (perhaps of them reading a book, painting, playing outside, etc.).
3. Upload the photos into a DVD maker program. There is probably one on your computer that you didn’t even know about! 😉 I use Windows Live Movie Maker.
4. Be sure the individual children’s photos are the first ones in the program!
5. Create an introduction frame in the program such as “ABC Preschool Class of 20XX”.
6. Choose 2 songs to play as background and upload them.
We have used 1 song that is sure to make the parents weep…. yes, that IS our goal! And one song that was a favorite in the classroom this year.
For our 3-year-olds’ DVD, we use the song Let Them Be Little and typically a favorite song from Dr. Jean and Friends for background music
For our 4-year-olds we use Forever Young by Rod Stewart and a version of Going on a Bear Hunt that they like to play in the background.
Children and adults alike laugh and giggle and LOVE this DVD.
If you are able, make copies for each family as a gift!
I recently had two different parents message me on the Preschool Plan It Facebook page (be sure to head over and like that page, by the way!), to tell me they just watched their preschool DVD and were thinking of us (and these children graduated preschool 5 years ago)!
Preschool Graduation Speech Idea #8:
Speeches from the Preschoolers!
Preschool Graduation Speeches by…… The Preschoolers? Why not?!
I have heard of some programs scheduling time for speeches from their preschoolers. This can be difficult it is a huge, public “TELL” portion of a Show and Tell. It can be nerve-wracking for them. But, it can also be fun if brief and a fun question!
You just never know what they will say! Once idea would be to ask the children what they want to be when they grow up! Don’t wait until graduation day to spring this question on them! Give them time to think about it. Ask it a few times in the weeks before graduation.
Here is an example of one that was found on YouTube (not my program) that I think is so adorable!
Ending Your Preschool Graduation Speech
At the end of the program you might give another, VERY BRIEF, closing speech. Keep it more like an announcement at this point! The children are excited and want to be with their families now!
“This concludes our Preschool Graduation Ceremony! Please, please join us for refreshments and hugs in the _________ (list the place). Thank you again for sharing your children with us!
I hope you enjoyed these preschool graduation speech ideas and they have helped you get started on your decision for preschool graduation day! Do you have one or more speech or speech related idea you’d like to share?
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Education is one of the most important things in our life. Education makes us able to understand the things around us better, read, write and earn our living. Our education starts with the kindergarten and it goes on. The importance of Kindergarten education has been proven and it prepares the children for their further formal education. When the kids graduate from the kindergarten, it is very necessary to appreciate them and inspire them for their further formal education.
At every kindergarten graduation day ceremony the chief guests, the Principal, teachers, parents and even the students are asked to speak and share their views and thoughts on the stage in front of the audience. So, in this article, we are giving you the kindergarten graduation day speech for chief guest, Principal, teachers, parents and even for the graduating kindergarten students. If you are given the responsibility of hosting the graduation ceremony then we have anchoring script for kindergarten graduation ceremony too. We have also given some special tips for the speech on the kindergarten graduation day at the end of the article. So make sure you stay tuned until the end. Now let’s start.
Kindergarten Graduation Day Speech for the Chief Guest
Good Morning everyone, principal Mr XYZ, all the teachers, parents and my little friends. I feel very happy to be here and witness the graduation ceremony of these little wonders. I won’t take much time of your and will express my thoughts in brief.
Education is the stepping stone for every citizen in the society. Education helps us to write, read and make us capable of earning or living. Education opens the doors of opportunities to the bright future. At this moment I feel very overwhelming to see these children has already climbed the first step of the ladder of their education and are heading to the next step which is the formal education or grade school . The kindergarten education allows the children to learn while playing and learn many new things. I would like to congratulate all the graduates for successfully completing their kindergarten education and wish them a success in their further journey.
I would like to end my little speech now. Thank you, Principal Mr XYZ for inviting me to such a beautiful ceremony. Thank you.
Kindergarten Graduation Day Speech for the Principal
Good morning everyone, honourable chief guests, all the teachers, parents and my lovely students. Today I am very happy because all these lovely children are graduating from the kindergarten and soon will be going for their further education. As our Chief guest, Mr ABC said, education is the stepping stone for every citizen of the country. It is correct in every aspect. Education moulds the children into the responsible future citizen of the country. It shapes their minds for a better future and presents new opportunities for them. It is a very honourable thing for me to see my students graduating here today. I would like to congratulate them and wish for their further journey. Thank you.
Kindergarten Graduation Day Speech for Teachers
Good morning everyone, honourable chief guests, respected Principal, all the proud parents and our lovely students. First of all, I would welcome all you to this beautiful ceremony of kindergarten students’ graduation.
I and all other teachers are very proud to see our students successfully complete their kindergarten education and graduating now. It was fun to teach all these little wonders. We found our self very happy by teaching them. They all were very clever and intelligent students. We feel happy to contribute to their journey of learning. I hope they do good in their future and behalf of all the teachers I would like to congratulate all of them and wish them the remarkable success ahead. Thank you.
Kindergarten Graduation Day Speech for Parents
Hello everyone and good morning to all of you. As a parent, I am very happy and proud at the same time to see my child graduated from the kindergarten education. I am very sure this kindergarten education has prepared my child for his/her formal grade school education and he/she will do his/her best to make his/her parents and teachers proud.
I would like to thank Principal sir and all the teachers for giving the valuable knowledge to my child. And thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk here. Thank you.
Kindergarten Graduation Day Speech for Students
Good morning everyone, respected chief guest, Principal sir, all the teachers, parents and my dear friends. Today is our graduation day. All the time we spent here learning, playing will be in our heart for rest of lives. All the teachers are very friendly and intelligent. Miss XYZ is my favourite teacher . She never scolds anyone. I will miss this place and all my friends. Thank you.
So, these were some sample speeches for chief guest, Principal, parents, teacher , and students. We have deliberately kept the speeches short as the children have a short attention span, they would get bored and won’t pay attention if the speeches are long. Also, we have used simple English language with simple words so that the kindergarten students would understand them. Now following are some tips for the speech to make it interesting, so the students won’t get bored.
Tips for Speech on Kindergarten Graduation Day
- Keep the speech short so that the kids won’t get bored.
- Add some jokes and punch lines, to make the speech interesting and to keep the kids engaged in your speech.
- Use simple English and simple words so that the students will understand them.
- Wish them for their further success in life.
- You can also give insights about the reports, which will be helpful for the parents.
- Use poems and quotes in your speech to make it interesting.
- Make the kids laugh, they will love it.
So these were the speeches for kindergarten graduation day ceremony for principal, chief guest, teachers, parents and students. I hope it helps you.
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