Preschool Graduation: 5 Lessons I Want My Daughter to Remember


Dear Ilse,

The last five years have passed so quickly. You’ve become a big sister to your little sister Alice. You’ve traveled to Europe and to other states like Texas and Washington. You’ve made new friends in each of your classes. Now, you will be going to kindergarten in the Fall. We are so proud of your accomplishments, your independent spirit, and your joyful personality. You make others happy with your smile. As you graduate from preschool and go to elementary school, I would like for you to remember a few lessons you’ve learned the last few years.

Be Kind to Others

Remember when you first started preschool, and it seemed like a scary place? Now, it’s not so scary. In fact, it seems like you know everyone: all the teachers, your classmates and their parents. One of the reasons why it’s not scary is that you have always been kind to others. Being kind to others makes others feel good and want to do the same.  Be kind to your teachers by listening to them and helping them when they need help. Be kind to your friends by taking turns, helping them learn a new skill, or just being friendly.

Speak Up and Use Your Words

When you were first learning to speak, your Daddy and I always said it was important to “speak up and use your words.” Your teachers and friends can’t understand you when they can’t hear you or don’t understand what you are saying. I know how frustrating that can be for you too. Words are powerful, so don’t forget to choose your words carefully. Not all words are kind. Some words are mean and can hurt feelings. If you don’t know the exact word to use when you speak, describe it. We can always find the right word to express what you need.


Your preschool etachers Ms. Maria and Ms. Aisa have always taught you and your classmates the importance of practicing what you learn, whether you were learning how to use the potty or learning how to write your name. When you practice something again and again, you just get better at it. Remember when you couldn’t write your name? Now, you write your full name quickly. Practice makes the hard stuff easier.

Be Proud of Who You Are

One of the many things Mommy and Daddy love about you is your confidence and pride in yourself. There is no one in the world just like you, and that is fabulous. Not everyone is going to like you or what you wear. But continue to hold your head high, and be proud of who you are.

Have Fun

The last lesson I want you to remember is to “have fun.” Since the day we walked into your preschool, we talked about how important it was to have fun. Having fun means finding joy in what you’re doing, even if it’s in an activity you don’t like doing, like learning numbers. Having fun makes the day go by so much quicker, especially on a bad day.

These lessons seem like a lot to remember, but you do them every single day already. You know them in the same way you know what shade of pink you like on your nails. My dear, you’re ready for elementary school. We can’t wait to support you through your new adventure.

We Love You,

Mommy and Daddy



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