What is effective communication to you?

Communication is a skill that you can learn.  It’s like riding a bicycle or typing.  If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every of every part of your life”

– Brian Tracy


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Effective communication requires being able to express your ideas and views clearly, confidently and concisely.  It should be tailored to the audience and promote free-flowing conversation.


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Effective communication includes:

  • Being clear and concise
  • Listening intently
  • Using appropriate body language (face the person with an open, attentive posture, maintain good eye contact-look at the speaker, but don’t stare, smile and nod occasionally)


Additionally, you should always be aware of any prejudices or misconceptions that may influence your ability to communicate effectively.

Transition to Kindergarten

Before we discuss how to run a Preschool Graduation ceremony, take a moment to think about why to hold a graduation ceremony.

Many child care centers do not hold a graduation ceremony because it is too much work, the children attend school all year round, or for any number of other reasons. 

However, by teaching graduation themes throughout the year, children learn the importance of education. Celebrating milestones and educational achievements helps give children a sense of accomplishment and pride.  Parents appreciate seeing the skills their children have learned and gain insight into the educational concepts learned throughout the year.


Transition to kindergarten

Celebrating graduation also gives teachers and families the opportunity to transition into kindergarten.  Easing children into the transition to school is a huge benefit in their future learning experiences.

The ability of students to fully engage in and benefit from their kindergarten experiences has been shown to depend on the degree to which they successfully transition into kindergarten, and the success of that transition is at least partially predicated on their home and early educational backgrounds.

Read more: Facilitating the Transition to Kindergarten

To help ensure the PreK child has the skills required for kindergarten, Dr. Day Care teachers complete an assessment on each child.  This helps to guide the conversation between teachers and parents, as well as to provide the kindergarten teacher with helpful information.  See below for a sample of the questions asked:



Teach kindergarten readiness skills

At Dr. Day Care, our preschool students no longer take afternoon naps after their graduation ceremony. This added time in the day provides teachers with more time to focus on improving children’s kindergarten readiness skills.

The actual graduation ceremony itself celebrates accomplishments such as learning numbers and letters, learning to write your name, measuring using the metric system, learning new words in foreign languages, learning sign language, and so much more! Children also learn to value nature through outdoor play and to value friendships from the social relationships developed during preschool. Most importantly, preschoolers learn that they are kept safe, cared, and nurtured by other people besides just parents, guardians, friends, or family members.

There are many books the class can read together to prepare for kindergarten:

  • Mrs. Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
    Joseph Slate, Ashley Wolff
  • The Night Before Kindergarten
    Natasha Wing, Julie Durrell
  • Edgar Graduates
    Dr. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith

Read the following lesson to review how you can incorporate graduation themes into learning centers in your classroom.

Planning a Preschool graduation ceremony – Conclusion

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This training was developed from many sources and from the experience of Dr. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith and her team.

If you want to extend your learning, view these resources:

Deborah Stewart (2013).  Teach Preschool.  “Celebrating graduation day.”  Retrieved from: https://teachpreschool.org/2013/05/06/celebrating-graduation-day-in-preschool/

Debora Jones (no date). Teaching Young Children.  Vol 3 No 4.  “Letting My Butterflies Go, Helping Children Transition to Kindergarten.” Retrieved from: https://www.naeyc.org/files/tyc/file/Jones.pdf

Michael H. Little, Lora Cohen-Vogel, F. Chris Curran (July-September 2016). Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 1–18. “Facilitating the Transition to Kindergarten: What ECLS-K Data Tell Us about School Practices Then and Now.”  Retrieved from: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/2332858416655766

Margaret Caspe, M. Elena Lopez, and Chalatwan Chattrabhuti (March 2015). Harvard Family Research Project. “Four Important Things to Know About the Transition to School”  Retrieved from: https://elc.grads360.org/services/PDCService.svc/GetPDCDocumentFile?fileId=9713

Hilary Fabian, Aline-Wendy Dunlop (2006). Education for All Global Monitoring Report.  “Outcomes of good practice in transition processes for children entering primary school.” Retrieved from:  http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0014/001474/147463e.pdf