Great Kindergarten Graduation Songs

Kindergarten graduation songs should be as adorable as the children who will be singing them. A graduation song should also be inspirational to the graduates. Some traditional graduation songs don't have the right message for younger children, so you'll need to find songs that are meaningful to young graduates.

How to Choose Graduation Songs
Kindergarten graduation songs should be upbeat and inspirational. There are three ways to achieve this.

  • You can use songs that are well known to the graduates, and mean something to them.
  • You can use songs that have meaning for the audience. Some educators believe that students forget about kindergarten graduation quickly, because they are so young.
  • You could use one or two songs from each of the above categories.

To accommodate everyone, the third choice is the most diplomatic. The students can march into the room to the beat of a song they are comfortable with, receive their diplomas while a song plays for their parents, then march out to a song that is familiar.

Inspirational Songs for Kindergarteners
Choosing a graduation song that the children know is easy enough; just check out Disney's soundtracks for a few good ideas. The Lion King, which has some of the most perfect graduation songs, is a good place to start.  "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," written by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice, earned worldwide acclaim. It won both the 1994 Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. "Circle of Life" is another song that was well received and will easily be recognized by kindergarten students and parents alike.

Other Inspirational Songs
Another graduation song that students are sure to recognize is "Over the Rainbow" from the The Wizard of Oz. "Over the Rainbow" is a beautifully orchestrated song. It received the Academy Award for Best Original Song, is ranked by the American Film Institute as the greatest movie song of all time and is number one on the Songs of the Century list that was compiled by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. Because it is so well known and loved, it was also adopted by American Troops serving in Europe during World War II as a symbol of the United States.

Another song that generally evokes tears is Louis Armstrong's song, "What a Wonderful World." For a spiritual note, consider "This Little Light of Mine."

If you want a patriotic note and the kids are up to the challenge, you can add the National Anthem. Kids know the song by this age, but it can be very difficult to sing. Some alternative songs to consider are "This Land Is Your Land" by Woodie Guthrie or "America the Beautiful" by Katharine Lee Bates.

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