Thursday, June 27, 2013

End of the Year: A Very Hungry Caterpillar Theme Graduation

It is officially summer and I haven't had any time to get organized enough to share photos from the last week of Kindergarten.  I love Eric Carle's, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and I decided to have this book be our Kindergarten Graduation theme.  

Here are the props from our graduation.  We did a reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and while some of the students spoke lines, others carried props across the stage.  A very talented friend/co-worker/and parent of a student in my class painted these on cardboard.  They look real to me!


This was the rough schedule of our Kindergarten graduation ceremony:
~Welcome
~Pledges
~Reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar
~My Favorite Things: each student took a turn in the mic saying what their favorite part of Kindergarten was
~Teacher says thank you
~Presentation of the diplomas


Each child dressed up for the graduation ceremony, and we didn't have them wear caps and gowns.  After the graduation, we had a time of refreshments back in the classroom after.  The snacks were provided by the 1st grade parents, as a tradition to welcome the Kindergarten students to first grade!  All of the snacks were the same food that was in The Very Hungary Caterpillar story.  Layla bought the snack labels and table cloths on Etsy last year for her daughter's first birthday.  She saved them and let me use them for our party!


One of the parents in my class saw these little caterpillars on Pinterest and helped make them for each student.  We made them slowly over a week's time, and they were ready for after graduation.  The kids ate their snack and then took a sharpie and signed their name on each other's caterpillar.  It was a precious little treat that they got to take home, having all of their friends' signature on it.


We made the caterpillars in several steps:
1.  Our room mom died the socks at home
2.  We stuffed the socks with batting and sewed them shut (parents did the sewing)
3.  We added rubber bands to segment the body
4.  We added buttons, eyes, and a mouth with a hot glue gun.  (I had parent helpers come in and do this one on one with each child)

*this was a wonderful treat that a parent donated to the class and prepared for us to do, but it was very time consuming.  I would only suggest it if you had extra hands and extra time!* ;)


That wraps up our graduation theme!  

8 comments:

  1. Loved your Hungry Caterpillar Graduation ideas!

    Karmen
    Karmens Kinders

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  2. How precious! I'm sure that's something all your kiddos will always remember! :)

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  3. The caterpillars are awesome, and I love how you had a graduation theme! I need to remember this for next year!

    -Sarah
    A Rocky Top Teacher

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  4. What a cute way to end the year!!!
    -Jessica

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  5. what a fun graduation! I just launched my blog today. I would love it if you would stop by and let me know what you think. Thanks!
    Teaching with Giggles

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  6. Love this! The table looks great!

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