We are gearing up for our Grandparent's Day Celebration next week. For the last three years, we have done something a little different. We use to celebrate in our own classrooms in which we had two separate sessions to fit everyone in. (It took over 2 hours!) We would introduce everyone, eat snacks, sing songs and do a craft or let students and their grandparents tour the classroom.
Now, we have all three Kindergarten classes say the Pledge of Allegiance and then sing a couple of songs in the gym. Then, we break up into groups. Last year we happened to have the Book Fair at the same time as our Grandparent's Day Celebration, but we weren't as lucky this year. So, we will sing our songs, say the Pledge and break into groups. We will likely rotate between cookies and drinks in the cafeteria, pictures in the lobby and a tour of our classrooms. The entire thing only lasts about 45 minutes now. Plus, this year we are having the celebration on an early release day, so students won't miss as much time at the end of school if their grandparents choose to take them home.
If students don't have a grandparent that is able to make it, we have special friends that will take the place of their grandparents so no one feels left out. If you are looking for ideas, I found a few fun things at the following sites and blogs. I also created a Grandparent's Day Board on Pinterest and added an Amazon widget at the top of this post with some of the books we read before Grandparent's Day.
This one is not really appropriate for Kindergarten students, but this AARP video for Grandparent's Day based on the song Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen makes me giggle! It's kind of wrong and funny at the same time. I hope I'm a cool grandma that shakes my walker to my grandkiddos songs someday! Ha! :)
What are you doing for Grandparent's Day this year?