Kindergarten Graduation

by | Mar 22, 2007 | Teaching, Video, Wakakusa

This past Monday, the kindergarten where I sometimes teach English held their annual graduation ceremony.  The day found me reflecting wistfully on my own childhood.  My own Kindergarten photo is below.  Can you tell where I am? (Incidentally, I think you can click on the image to see an enlarged copy.)

Jen's Kindergarten Class

If memory serves me correctly, my own passage from Kindergarten to first grade was fairly mundane — no special ceremonies or over-the-top celebrations.

However, true to form, the Kindergarten where I work pulls out all the stops for events like this.  It’s really impossible to convey how impressive this event is.  It’s one of those “you had to be there” moments.  I took the best of my video footage and snapshots to put together a 5-minute video of the event from my perspective.  I’m really thrilled at how it turned out, since it’s my first experience with video-editing.  (Of course I had a good teacher in my husband!)


Mike says it’s a “tear-jerker”… at any rate, it’s really cute.  Incidentally, if you get a chance to view the video, please pay attention to the large group chant.  I’m not kidding when I say the students were doing this for 10-15 minutes straight!  I recorded the entire portion that they spoke in English, since it was directed to my co-workers and I and was particularly touching.  Enjoy!




  1. bhlaws

    Excellent job with the video, Jen! But I’d expect no less. Bravo!

    I say you’re in the back row, second from the right. Well, third if you include the more mature female. :o) Am I close?

  2. timdiggerm
    Aaah ECDS.

    You can see the year numbers in the reflection on the floor.

    -Tim Milligan, who got your blog link from Jon Barnes when you posted some hilarious Engrish signs.

  3. mikejencostanzo
    Rats! My age is no longer a well-veiled secret!  You guys are good — and yes Indy you have me pegged, second from the right.  Incidentally, the mature female is my beloved Kindergarten teacher.  So many good Kindergarten memories… she has died and gone to be with the Lord — so I hope to meet her one day again!
  4. carrieteacher

    Oh my goodness Jen, That was amazing! No kidding, it’s a tear jerking. Mine were jerked and I was there!! I’m going to refer my friends to your site to watch it, if that’s okay.

    And I think you’re on the top row, 2nd from the right.

    That smirk was a dead give away. That’s a Jen look.

    Thanks for sharing!