Archive for July, 2014

Every September we read these timeless Back to School Books in our class…even Gramma likes to read them to our babes.
It Was a Short Summer Charlie Brown is a must in our class. Gramma is getting the hang of the story record format…NO reading Gramma, just TURN the page when the bell dings or some other equally psychedelic sound:

Trip on this…you can get the episode for your class via Amazon Instant Video:


OR you can get the entire Peanuts 1960’s Collection which includes the 
 It Was a Short Summer Charlie Brown episode on DVD:


eBay has a DYNO array of vintage It Was a Short Summer Charlie Brown collectables INCLUDING the EXACT book and record set gramma is showing. Click on the following link to check it out:
It Was a Short Summer Charlie Brown 

My babes DIG going Back to School with that adorable mischievous rascal of a pup, Benji! Gramma is more than happy to oblige with our Benji Goes to School book and record set…l@@ks like Gramma is getting the hang of it now…: 

Your babes can go Back to School with Benji using the same vintage  book and record set on eBay. Just click on the following link:

Benji Goes to School

Can’t  find it on eBay? Well, give Amazon a try:


Another FAV adorable mischievous rascal of a pup is Spot. When Spot goes back to school, there are LOTS of HIDDEN fun under the “lift the flaps”!

My babes LOVE to lift those flaps! 

O.K. so HOW do I choose who can lift the flap with NO fussing? ROLL the DICE of course!!!

So get you a copy for this new school year and LIFT THE FLAPS!!!


Another fun way is to WATCH Spot Go to School on VHS. You can find a copy for your babes from eBay:

Spot Goes Back to School

Don’t have a VCR? You can watch Spot Go to School right here:

We also LOVE Wags! Wags is Ben’s puppy. Wherever Ben goes, Wags goes too. What a FAITHFUL pup!!! But when it is time for Ben to go to school, guess WHO follows right behind? That’s right, WAGS!!! 

Follow Wags and Ben at school with this delightful book from Reading Railroad:



Wags is on eBay too!

The Puppy Who Went to School

My First Week of School by Derrick Gantt & Joanette Parker

This book takes your children through the First Week of School in a typical Pre-K – Kindergarten classroom. We like to compare the classroom in the book’s first week of school to our new first week. Which ways is it different? Which ways are the same? Do we have any first week of school traditions that we carry on from year to year to make our Back to School experience familiar and fun? If so, what are those traditions?

The sentences are short with the detail featured in the bright and colorful illustrations done by Katy Blander.

First Week At Cow School by Andy Cutbil is a somewhat similar Pre-K – K book, yet this story is about Marjorie the cow feeling jolly proud when her daughter, Daisy, starts school. But lessons for Daisy are not as easy as they seem… she cannot hoof paint or swat flies like the other cows. As for cowpat training,  what a disaster! Yet, Marjorie soon discovers that Daisy has a surprising talent to make her stand out from the herd! Best suited for Ages: 3 – 5

While we do not have this in our library, it sounds like a HOOT so we are thinking of adding it to our Back to School book collection.



Here are more options on eBay:

First Week at Cow School by Andy Cutbill

The Three Friends Go to School from Scholastic features short reading sentences your child can read all by themselves.


Another FAV Berenstain Bear’s Back to School book of ours Is Catch the Bus.

Follow the bears hour by hour throughout their morning. Will they make the school bus on time?

You can read all about their Catch the Bus adventures to your class:


Catch the bus with the Berenstain Bears on eBay: 

The Berenstain Bears Catch the Bus

Here is real vintage Country Bear Vintage Schoolhouse to make:

Get this Country Bear Vintage Schoolhouse along with several other Berenstain Bear Make and Dos here:


Wow, you can also watch the Berenstain Bears Go to School on You Tube…SWEET!!! 

Let’s Find Out About School is a bodaciously BOSS vintage book from the “Let’s Find Out” Series.

 With lovely vintage picture drawings this book takes first and second grade children through the school day.

The boys and girls hang up their jackets, sweaters and coats in the cloak room.

Then they salute the flag and say The Pledge of Allegiance.  

Next they learn to read and write.

They eat milk and cookies and even have a “nap” or “rest” time.

For our nap time, I play Walt Disney Presents Songs for Bedtime. As you can see from the song list, Disney did NOT miss any CLASSIC VINTAGE bedtime songs. These songs will lull your babes right to sleep!!!

Do NOT forget to get some musical instruments for your babes! We are doing a music unit this year and will have many activities and printables, so be sure to get on our mailing list!

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EBay also has a lovely selection of musical instrument sets for young children: 

Musical Instrument Sets

Learn about magnets, the four seasons and the weather.

Then it’s off on a field trip to visit some Community Helpers…

and go to the library! What a FUN filled day!!

Currently, I was unable to find this book for you on either Amazon or eBay BUT here is the “Let’s Find Out” eBay link . Give it a check as it may show up:

Let’s Find Out About Book Series

Well, it looks like this page is filled up as the program will not allow any more content without messing it all up. So be sure to come back for our Back to School Classic Vintage Book Reviews part 2 as you will NOT want to miss the opportunity to see MORE classic vintage Back to School books from A Kinder’s Garten Vintage Homeschool Blog!! See YOU then!!!


Well, we are coming around the corner here in San Diego County for the new 2014 school year. We start our new year on September 2, the day after Labor Day.  It just does NOT seem right to go back to school in August. I mean, why else was the song titled “See You in September”???!!! 

The Happenings – See You In September – 1966 

If you are a Frankie Valli fan, DIG this:

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 


Leave us NOT forget ‘Ol Blue Eyes and his September song…


Yes, summer here near the southern pacific coast is STILL SIZZLING in August. Why, we are just now beginning to put our vintage class room together for the 2014/2015 school year. After cleaning up our room from the last school year, we start changing our bulletin board and window decos to enhance our Autumn curriculum…this year I got my son-in-law in on the action. 
Since we are in FIRE country and the Autumn being our most FIRE prone months, we ALWAYS do a Forestry Unit featuring Smokey the Bear

When school begins, we will post our Smokey the Bear and FIRE Safety activities and printables, so be sure to sign up NOW for our Newsletter so you do NOT miss out!!
The Circus always comes to San Diego County in August so we like to cover it during our first week in school:

And boy do we have LOTS of Circus activities and printables to add to our unit for the coming school year. So again, you will NOT want to miss out on those!
Next we add our monkeys to extend our Rainforest. And since we get over-run with “meat eater” bees during the month of September, we add them to our September studies as well:

 Check out our Rainforest bulletin board. We add to it every year:

Be sure to come back and check out our Rainforest and Bee activities and printables this year, we will have OODLES of stuff!!!

If you also want to deco your room with a vintage theme this year, check out our eBay  auctions. We will be listing some vintage bulletin board items, workbooks, textbooks and more!!! So be sure to add us to your “FAVORITES” and check back often!!

 Want to see some samples first? Check out the ones on our blog:

Well, that is just about it for now. Do NOT forget to sign up for our newsletter and see YOU soon with MORE vintage classroom fun from the days of yesteryear!!!