Saturday, June 6, 2015

A Late Five for Friday

I'm linking up late with another Five for Friday! Thanks Doodle Bugs for hosting!

I've done a lot of goofy things and swallowed my pride to make kindergarten more fun, but this may have been the silliest. I'm pretty sure I jeopardized my reputation and got poison oak all at the same time!
I saw some adorable wish jars on Pinterest a while back and have been smitten with them ever since. So...I thought I'd try to make some for kindergarten graduation gifts. I grabbed my pitcher and some scissors and somehow convinced my husband to come along. Well, the only place I could find sturdy dandelion puffs was on the highway near a very busy overpass. I looked absolutely ridiculous! My husband wouldn't get out of the car to help. I went delicately through poison oak for the most perfect puffs.

Then I trimmed the stems and very carefully pushed them into salt and pepper shakers (so they get air), attached a note and a poem (see below).

Although I didn't make these dandelion q-tip projects this year, I have in the past. It's fun to attach a wish for the next year/grade and what they hope to learn.

We had a photo booth for graduation. The lettering is from Simply Kinder's Jennifer Kadar. It includes the letters for the beginning of the year, too. This was a great purchase!
Chalkboard Poster Set - First Day of Kinder

This is the only picture I took. 
The final project had ballon flowers (a new talent of mine) around the edges.

We also made these cutie patootie posters for each child. This idea came from Little Warriors, a kindergarten blog. She wrote a wonderful post about how she made hers.

I posted about this last year. I can't believe that I ddn't take pictures of the adorable paper dolls this year. Drat!
Here's last year's post.

One of our bulletin boards that we put up for graduation is future professions.
I love these. The entire family is supposed to help them make the paper doll and I think they did a great job!

I've gotten many great reactions to this silly tutu apron! 
The seamstress is making some to take to Vegas. We'll see how they do!!!
I wore an apron for graduation (I don't think my kids would recognize me without it) and had "happy" in the pocket until I read the following poem. That's when I changed the word to sappy!

2015 Graduation Poem

Well we’ve come to graduation, how fast the year has gone,
It’s time to take your sneakers off and put your flip-flops on.

It’s time to put your pencil down and remove your thinking cap,
It’s time for you to take a trip and for me to take a nap.

But before we break for summer, and out the door I shove (use a silly voice)  you,
I want to take a moment, to tell you each how much I love you.

Tony I love your laugh and Kate I love your smile,
And Annie I really admire, your fashionista style.

Kyle I love the way you think and Sue the way you care,
And Sally what I would give, if I could have your hair.

And my three little sidekick buddies, Mary, Martha and Sammie,
You could probably teach the class, every day without me.

I wish I had dimples like Lori’s and charm like Kate’s.
Jamie, someday you’ll be, President of the United States.

Kayla I love your neatness and Mac your Lego play,
And Tim and Ben I’m sure, you’ll make it to the NBA.

Michael I love the way you dream and Carol the way you sing.
And Alice I wouldn’t have made it, if you hadn’t told me everything.

Nat I think you’re sweet, Taylor I think you’re funny.
Pat, I’m glad you’re leaving, before I run out of money (I called him Nat by accident all the time. I had to pay him a penny every time I made the mistake. He was rich by the end of the year!)

Daniel I love your bashful smile, Vicky I love your grace.
And Georgia I wish I had your freckles on my face.

Chris you are so nice, there’s no one you don’t like,
And Laura I love how you are a ballerina on the bike.

And all of you together, well you make me grin from ear to ear!
We’ve had a fun adventure, it’s been a wonderful year.

But now it’s on to First Grade, and then Grades Two and Three,
And lickety split, before you know it, you’ll be as old as me.

You’ll be doctors and farmers and fancy cake bakers.
You’ll be pilots and poets and computer game makers.

You’ll be dancers twirling in tutus, you’ll be firemen covered in cinders,
But whatever you are, for the rest of your lives, you’ll always be my Kinders.

So, my wishes for you come in one last little burst:
I hope you always remember to put other people first.

I hope you always remember to sing and to dance,
I hope you never find frogs in your underpants!

That last line gets LOTS of laughter!

Have a great weekend!


  1. Oh my gosh, you make the end of the year SO SPECIAL! I love the posters- and the little "what they want to be" people! AND- your poem! It is just perfect. Thank you so much for sharing this!
    I adore those wish jars. Your dandelions stayed so perfect. How did you do that?!

  2. Thanks for leaving a comment, sweet Carolyn! Those puffs were NOT easy to push into the jars. You should have seen my back porch area afterwards. I wasted a lot of wishes!

  3. Wow, what a great idea to make wish jars! Very creative and kudos to you for getting all of those dandelions! I just adore your apron and the poem that you read to your class for their graduation. I hope your had a great weekend!:)

    Mrs. Solis Teaching Treasures

  4. Thank you so much for leaving a comment. I dearly appreciate it!

  5. I have to have one of your tutu aprons! Where can I get one?

  6. Oh my goodness! LOVE the poem! You are very clever!

  7. Oh, and I really LOVE the wish jar idea. I wanted to do it for my old minders promoting to the 6th grade this year, but no wish ball in sight! I need to remember this for next year!