Two smiling Primrose students wearing graduation gowns and holding a diploma

5 Important Lessons for Our Pre-K Graduates

Each year, graduation time always brings me joy as I think about the children who are leaving Primrose and headed to a new learning journey at their elementary schools. I wish I could personally hug each one and share my confidence in their future knowing the priceless love of learning and the many important skills they have mastered at Primrose will serve them well for a lifetime. We believe a quality early learning experience is one of the greatest gifts parents can provide for their young children.

Primrose graduation

Here is what I wish I could share with the children if it was possible to be in 325 schools at once:

Girls and boys, we will miss you! We are so proud of you! We are thrilled we had the opportunity to know you, to care for you, to teach you and to partner with your parents to help you grow active minds, healthy bodies and happy hearts.

Here are a few important lessons we hope remain with you forever:

Be Good. Always remember who you are is as important as what you know. Always try hard to tell truth and be a good person, a good member of your family, a good friend, a good student and a good citizen.

Be KindBe very nice to your family, your friends and everyone you meet. Show kindness whenever you can and assist others when they need your help.

Be Curious. Have fun, play, laugh and explore the world around you. You’ll be learning and experiencing new things your whole life – enjoy every second of it!

Be Creative. Make sure you skip, run and jump and that you sing, dance, paint or draw every day. Let your imagination grow as much as possible. These skills will help you grow confident and strong.

Be Yourself. Be proud of the wonderful, incredible, gifted little person you are. Love yourself, whether you are tall or short, have curly hair or straight hair….whether you like math best or you’d rather spend your time reading or painting and drawing. You are the only you in this entire world and you are very, very special.

We hope you never let go of these important life lessons and the character development that were so much a part of your early learning experience here at Primrose.

We congratulate you, Primrose graduates. As Dr. Seuss said in his famous book, “Oh, the places you’ll go!” Like your parents, we are so excited about the magnificent person you’ll be and all the wonderful things you’ll do. With great joy, we wish you and your family the very best!

Want to keep your commencement festivities going at home? Celebrate with these graduation-themed activities for kids!

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About the Author

Jo Kirchner is CEO of Primrose Schools. In her more than 20 years with the organization, she has proudly helped Primrose grow from four schools in Atlanta to more than 260 schools nationwide. With this growth, Primrose has been able to provide children all over the country the early learning foundation they need to become successful in elementary school and beyond. Before her tenure with Primrose began, Jo was a working mother looking to find quality care for her own children with the peace of mind all parents deserve. A few years after her children had already entered elementary school, she visited a Primrose school and was so impressed with what she saw there. The school blended the two major philosophies in early childhood education: teacher-directed and child-initiated activities. Each classroom was abuzz with creativity, play and learning. She had wanted that for her own children and was sure other parents would feel the same. Today, she feels fortunate to have that opportunity for her two grandchildren who attend a Primrose school. Jo and Rick, her husband of more than 35 years, enjoy spending time on their horse farm and visit often with their two grown children and two grandchildren. For Jo, there is no better feeling than watching children grow and become confident adults who love who they are and what they do. She hopes the 360 Parenting Blog helps you to read about and share stories that make that kind of journey possible for your own children.