Archive for August, 2014

Back to School Jokes
Give your child a HILARIOUS Back to School start this year with our FAV “tickle your funny bone” jokes:
TEACHER: Maria, go to the map and find North America
MARIA: Here it is.
TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America ?
CLASS: Maria.
TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?
JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables.
TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell ‘crocodile?’
TEACHER: No, that’s wrong
GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it!
TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?
TEACHER: What are you talking about?
DONALD: Yesterday you said it’s H to O.
TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn’t have ten years ago.
TEACHER: Glen, why do you always get so dirty?
GLEN: Well, I’m a lot closer to the ground than you are.
TEACHER: Millie, give me a sentence starting with ‘I.’
MILLIE: I is..
TEACHER: No, Millie….. Always say, ‘I am’
MILLIE: All right… ‘I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.
TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father’s cherry tree, but also admitted it. Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn’t punish him?
LOUIS: Because George still had the axe in his hand.
TEACHER: Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
SIMON: No sir, I don’t have to, my Mom is a good cook.
TEACHER: Clyde , your composition on ‘My Dog’ is exactly the same as your brother’s. Did you copy his?
CLYDE : No, sir. It’s the same dog.
TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
HAROLD: A teacher
Want MORE Back to School jokes? Here are some more of our fav Links:
These HILARIOUS Back to School jokes were submitted by readers: 
Be sure to check out Guy Sports.  This page has LOADS of Back to School jokes, quips, stories, poems and thoughts.
Get ready to LAUGHT OUT LOUD with these Back to School Riddles and Knock Knock Jokes from Squigley’s Playhouse!
WOW!!! Absolutely TONS of school type jokes on this exclusive School Jokes site!

At Jokes for Fun you can find jokes listed by subject.
And we simply cannot leave out Reader’s Digest Back to School jokes compilation.
Enchanted Learning is one of our FAV sites. They also have some DYNO Back to School jokes.

Children ALWAYS know the BEST jokes. Read some of their Back to School jokes:
Bring some laughter into your child’s school day with these PRINTABLE Back to School jokes for your child’s lunchbox!


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If YOU know of any MORE FOOT STOMPIN’, RIB BUSTIN’ Back to School Jokes, Quips or Riddles, PLEASE SHARE via POSTING them in our comments section!


Classroom behavior and manners are the most important concepts to be implemented regardless of age. They allow for each child to be heard and respected as an individual along with enhancing their learning capabilities.  Implementing manners and expected behaviors can be a FUN process especially for younger children when you use following fingerplays and songs. They promote gentle yet firm encouragement and motivation allowing your classroom to run efficiently and smoothly. Continuous reinforcement of good manners and behavior must be implemented on daily basis throughout the school year to ensure a pleasant environment. These methods have worked well for our homeschool allowing us to progress efficiently both in the classroom and in public.


 Sing to: Are You Sleeping?

Active listeners,
Active listeners.
Eyes on me,
Ears on me.
Sitting flat,
Hands in your lap.
Listening !
Learning !
Sometimes my hands are at my side, (Hold hands at side)
Then behind my back they hide. (Put hands behind back)
Sometimes I wiggle my fingers so, (Wiggle your fingers)
Shake them fast, shake them slow. (Shake fingers fast and slow)
Sometimes my hands go clap, clap, clap, (Clap hands)
Then I rest them in my lap.
Now they are quiet as can be. (Sit down and rest hands in lap)
Obtain colorful vinyl or rubber placemats one for each child. Fasten their names or pictures for younger children onto their mats using clear contact paper. This procedure will help the children find their place easily and quickly along with preventing arguments.
Sing to: Skip to My Lou
Work, work, doing my part,
Work, work, doing my part.
Work, work, doing my part,
Doing the best I can! Yea!

I am working hard, What about you?
I am working hard, What about you?
I am working hard, What about you?
Are you doing the best you can?

Yes, yes, I am doing my part,
Yes, yes, I am doing my part.
Yes, yes, I am doing my part,
Doing the best I can! Yea!

Working together, doing our parts,
Working together, doing our parts.
Working together, doing our parts,
Together we’ll make a difference!

Cut out footprints from bright colored contact paper and apply them to the floor where your children line up. Have the children line up in a single file for small class size and a separate boys and girls line for a larger class size by standing on the footprints. The line(s) will be straight and help prevent pushing as everyone will their own set of footprints to stand on.
Sing To: Mama’s Little Baby Loves Shortnin’ Bread

Everybody line up, line up, line up,
Everybody line up at the door.
Not on the ceiling, not on the floor,
Everybody line up at the door.

Sing to: Na Na Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye
Na na na na, (Twist.)
Na na na na, (Twist.)
Hey hey-ey, (Wave arms overhead from side to side.)
Good job! (Clap.)
Wiggle the body parts as they are mentioned.
I wiggle my fingers,
I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my nose,
I wiggle my shoulders.
Now no more wiggles are left in me,
So I will sit as still as can be.
Sing to: Twinkle, Twinkle 
Here are some rules for you and me,
See how important they can be.
Always be honest, be kind and fair,
Always be good and willing to share.
These are rules we all should know,
We follow these rules wherever we go. 
Sing to: Farmer In the Dell 
Let us clean up today,
Let us clean up today.
We’ve had our fun,
Our day is done.
Let us clean up today!
We raise our hands to speak,
We work quietly at our seats.
We use voices soft and sweet,
We keep our places tidy and neat.
We are helpful, friendly, and fair,
We take turns and willingly share.

You twiddle your thumbs,
And clap your hands,
Then you stamp your feet.

You turn to the left,
You turn to the right,
And make your fingers meet.

You make a bridge,
You make an arch,
You give another clap.

You wave your hands,
You fold your hands,
And put them in your lap.
Quiet Time

We will hop, hop, hop like a bunny, (Make hopping motions)

We will run, run, run like a dog. (Make running motion)

We will walk, walk, walk like an elephant, (Make walking motions with arms)

And jump, jump, jump like a frog. (Make jumping motion)

We will swim, swim, swim like a goldfish, (Make swimming motions with hand)

And fly, fly, fly like a bird. (Make flying motions with arms)

We will sit right down and fold our arms, (Fold hands in lap)

And not say a word. (Place finger over mouth)

Another Version:

This is my quiet time,
My feet are flat and still.
My hands too are still,
My hands are in my lap.
My head is limp,
My body is limp.
Now head rest on my knees,
My head comes up,
Now I am ready to listen.
Stop, Look, and Listen

Sing to: The Farmer in the Dell
Stop, look, and listen.
Stop, look, and listen.
When it’s time to do your work,
Stop, look, and listen. 
At discussion time, I use an American Indian traditional “talking stick”.  I introduce the rule that you are not to speak until you have the talking stick in your hands.  It helps prevent children from calling out… is a physical, tangible reminder to speak only when called upon along with giving the speaker your full attention. When I speak I mount the talking stick on the wall near the chalkboard in a flag holder. The children display respect for the talking stick and awe when they hold it. The talking stick prompts oral language skills along with the desire for discussion participation. 

Sing toFrere Jacques

Are you helping, 
Are you helping.
Pick up toys, Pick up toys.
Let us all be helpers,
Let us all be helpers.
Girls and boys, girls and boys.
Two little feet go stamp, stamp, stamp, (Stamp feet)
Two little hands go clap, clap, clap. (Clap hands)
One little body stands up straight,  (Stand straight)
One little body goes round and round. (Turn body)
One little body sits quietly down. (Sit down)
Sing to: Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Walk, walk, walk at school,
Like your teacher says.
If you run you will fall,
And bump your little head.
1, 2 … Here’s what we do.
3, 4 … Bottoms on the floor.
5, 6 … No talking lips.
7, 8 … Sit up straight.
9, 10 … Now let’s begin!
Wind the bobbin up, wind the bobbin up,
Pull, pull, clap, clap, clap.
Point to the ceiling, point to the floor,
Point to the window, point to the door.
Clap your hands together, one, two, three,
Put your hands upon your knee.

Good classroom behavior and manners can be encouraged and implemented for most learning levels using the following resources as helpers.

This Classroom Management Pocket Chart is ideal for managing classroom organization! It can be used with attendance, organizing groups, behavior management, job assignments, and more!


This adorable Colorful Owl Behavior Bulletin Board set offers a creative way to manage students’ behavior. Teachers write students’ names on owl accents and behavior management levels on the tree.


Rather than say it, why not sing it! School Rules is packed with attention grabbers, songs about good behavior, manners, lesson openers and closers, self esteem, procedures, sharing, being a good student and much more – 46 songs in all! For added value, the music pages are reproducible with melody line and chord symbols, and each song offers helpful teaching tips and a host of cross-curricular activities. So, tell the elementary classroom teachers in your school! They’ll find these songs helpful, too! A performance/accompaniment CD is also available separately or in a Classroom Kit with the Teacher book. There are helpful demonstration tracks to help learn the songs and accompaniment tracks when teacher and students want to showcase their own voices! Suggested for Grades K-4.


Teasing, Tattling, Defiance and More provides teachers with appropriate language and other practical, concrete strategies for encouraging students and positively redirecting them. 


 Teachers and parents can track student progress with assignment, behavior, goals, and so much more with the fun themes of the mini incentive charts. Includes 630 colorful stickers!


This Dr. Suess behavior management bulletin board set will be a FAV for both teacher and pupil.


Well, we hope you can use these few ideas to get your class started on a pleasant, smooth school year. If you have any ideas, media, etc you use with MUCH success implementing good behavior and manners, we ALL may benefit greatly with your share.  So PLEASE SHARE!!! See you next time!!!

Welcome to our Back to School Song & FREEBIE Page. We always start our Back to School this year with these timeless “Apple for the Teacher” & “School Days” songs written by the great songwriter and vaudeville producer, Gus Edwards sung by the children of yesteryear  featuring the master crooner himself, Bing Crosby. The is part 2 of Songs From the Movie STAR MAKER as after tying over & over again, I have been unable to link directly to part 3. The link below it is part 3 which contain the 2 songs we are referring to. You will NOT want to miss it!!!

Back to School with Bing 

An Apple For The Teacher

An apple for the teacher
That seems the thing to do
Because I want to learn
About romance from you.
An apple for the teacher
To show I’m meek and mild,
If you insist on saying
That I’m just a problem child.
You’ll get all my attention,
Your wish will be my rule;
And maybe you’ll be good to me
And keep me after school
An apple for the teacher
That’s how I’d better start,
The after while you may give in
And let me bring my heart

An apple for the teacher
Will always do the trick,
When you don’t know
Your lesson in arithmetic
An apple for the teacher
Will meet with great success
If you forgot to memorize
The Gettysburg Address
A little bit of glamour
A charm that’s cute and quaint;
And he’ll excuse your grammar
And believe you’re what you ain’t.
You may be just a lemon
But he’ll think you’re a peach
Just bring an apple for the teacher
When he starts to teach

School Days

 by: Gus Edwards

School days, school days;
Dear old golden rule days;
Readin’ and ‘ritin’ and ‘rithmetic,
Taught to the tune of the hick’ry stick!
You were my queen in calico;
I was your bashful barefoot beau.
You wrote on my slate,
“I love you so,”
When we were a couple of kids. 

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School is back in session…are your students still wishing it were the carefree days of Summer Vacations like this boy of yesterday?

If you have any teens this year that just cannot seem to get into the swing of another year Bing gives some excellent uplifting advice to the teens from the post war days of yesteryear:


The following Back to School Songs are fun and useful resources for:

Introducing Poetry to Children
Practicing Fine Motor Skills
Following Directions
Introducing Concepts
Rhythm and Beat Introduction
Here are some ways to choose your songs for the day:
Roll the dice the child with the highest or lowest number gets first pick, then subsequent. If you are in a large classroom, have each child roll the dice, highest or lowest number gets first pick by their alphabetical order first names. 
Make a chart of the back to school fingerplays and poems the children know along with ones you introduce. Use thematic cut outs to write the poems on. Move your pointer slowly down the list. Tell the children they are to choose the song to be sung by clapping the loudest when the pointer is opposite their favorite.

For some of the following back to school songs, you may want to  incorporate some of our FREE Back to School Patterns. So come back and visit our blog again to get the links.

We get our homeschooled babes excited about the new school year the on the first day with the following songs:

 School is where I want to be!
Learning to read and write each day.
The ABC’s I want to know.
Reading books to you and me.
Learning is the reason why,
Z –
School is where I want to be!
Here we are and we’ re ready to start,
Singing do-wah-diddy-diddy-dum-diddy do;
Eyes and ears are doing their part,
Singing do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do;
We look good! (We look good!)
We look fine! (We look fine!)
We look good! We look fine!
All our brains are gonna shine! SH!
Sing to: Mary had a Little Lamb

Everybody wave hello, wave hello, wave hello,
Everybody wave hello,
Let us have some fun.
Everybody wave hello, wave hello, wave hello,
Everybody wave hello,
Now our song is done.

Sing to: Zip-a-dee-do-dah
I am excited, it’s my first day!
I’m going to learn and I’m going to play!
Zip-a-dee-do-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay!

It is time for us to go, now.
We’re gonna ride the school bus,
Our new teacher is waiting for us!

Zip-a-dee-do-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay-
Wonderful feeling, on my first day!

Sing to: Brownie Smile – If you are unfamiliar with the tune, click here:

I awoke this morning, ate my breakfast early.
I dressed by myself and off to school I hurry.
School, school, here I am today.
Now I am ready to read, I get to sing and play. 
Choose a child either at random or by lots.
Sing to: Frere Jacques 
Hello, (child’s name), hello, (child’s name)
How are you? How are you?
We’re so glad to have you,
We’re so glad to have you,
Here at school, here at school. 
Sing to: Did you Ever See a Lassie
Here we are together,
Together, together,
Here we are together,
Back at school again
There’s ____ , and ____, and _______,
(etc, until every child has said their name)
Here we are together,
Back at school again.
Another Version for sitting:
Here we sit together, together, together
Here we sit together, all here on the floor.
There’s ________ and ________ and ________
(etc, until every child has said their name)
Here we sit together, all here on the floor.
Have the children draw lots to choose who will be first. When the child is done singing, have them choose another child.
Sing to: Frere Jacques
I am (name),
I am (name),
That’s my name,
That’s my name,
I am glad to be here,
I am glad to be here,
At school today,
At school today.
Sing to: The Farmer in the Dell
I like to go to school, I like to go to school.
Heigh-ho-the-derry-oh, I like to go to school.
I like to sing new songs, I like to sing new songs.
Heigh-ho-the-derry-oh, I like to sing new songs.
I like to play with friends, I like to play with friends.
Heigh-ho-the-derry-oh, I like to play with friends. 
Sing to: It’s a Small World 
We will study hard,
And we’ll make new friends.
There’s so much to do ’til the school year ends.
We will read, write and spell,
And do math very well,
In (teacher’s name 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc) Grade class.
In (teacher’s name 1st, 2nd, 34r, etc) Grade class.
In (teacher’s name 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc) Grade class. 
In (teacher’s name 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc)
There’s so much for us to do!
We raise our hands to speak,
We work quietly at our seats.
We use voices soft and sweet,
We keep our places tidy and neat.
We are helpful, friendly, and fair,
We take turns and willingly share.

If you have a child who will be in Kindergarten this year or teach Kindergarteners, this song is a first day build up.

Sing toTwinkle, Twinkle
Kindergarten (1st Grade, 2nd Grade, etc.) here we come!
We know we’ll have lots of fun.
Lots of things to make and do.
Reading, writing, counting, too.
Kindergarten, here we come!
We know we’ll have lots of fun. 
This song is an excellent supplement to the book The Kissing Hand 


Sing to: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Here’s a special thing to do,
When I am scared of leaving you.
Hold my hand, then kiss it here,
The kiss will help to keep you near.
It will help me through my day,
So I can work and learn and play.

Sing to: A-hunting We Will Go 
Off to school we go,
Oh, it’s off to school we go,
We’ll take our lunch and ride the bus,
With everyone we know.
Off to school we go,
Oh, it’s off to school we go,
We’ll learn our ABC’s and more,
With everyone we know. 

Oh, what a beautiful Mornin’,
Oh, what a beautiful day.
I’ve got a beautiful feelin’,
We’ll do some learning today!

I have eyes that are looking for learning,
I have ears that are ready to listen,
and a teacher who loves me for just being me.
My head and my heart are quite open, you see.

Oh, what a beautiful Mornin’,
Oh, what a beautiful day.
I’ve got a beautiful feelin’,
We’ll do some learning today!


First start marching in place and call out
“left, right, left, right left.”  After calling out a few times, begin…
1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.  grade, first grade, what you say?
(Students echo)
We’re gonna have some fun today!
(Students echo)
We’re gonna read and write and spell!
(Students echo)
We do these things very well!
(Students echo)
Sound off!
(Students sing out 1,2)
Sound off!
(Students sing out 3,4)
Bring it on down now!
(Students sing out 1,2,3,4…1,2….3,4!) 

Sing to: Sing a Song of Sixpence 
Sing a song of gladness;
Another year’s begun!
We’ll be busy learning
Till the year is done.
Sing a song of good times,
For all my friends and me!
Brand new discoveries every day.
Yes, school is the place to be! 

September is Here
Sing to: The Farmer in the Dell
September is here.
September is here.
School has begun, we will all have fun,
September is here.


Sing to: Mary Had A Little Lamb
Our teacher comes to school each day,
School each day, school each day.
Our teacher comes to school each day,
To help us learn and grow.
She smiles and helps us learn all day,
Learn all day, learn all day.
She smiles and helps us learn all day,
We’re glad we come to school

The First Twelve Days of School
Sing to: The Twelve Days of Christmas
On the first day of school  (Hold up 1 finger.)
My teacher gave to me
A book of the ABC’s.
2nd – two new pencils   (Hold up 2 fingers.)
3rd – three color crayons   (Hold up 3 fingers.)
4th – four glue sticks   (Hold up 4 fingers.)
5th – five gold stars   (Hold up 5 fingers.)
6th – six pairs of scissors  (Hold up 6 fingers.)
7th – seven school boxes  (Hold up 7 fingers.)
8th – eight spiral notebooks  (Hold up 8 fingers.)
9th – nine wooden rulers  (Hold up 9 fingers.)
10th – ten magic markers  (Hold up 10 fingers.)
11th – eleven pink erasers (Hold up 10 fingers, close, and then hold up 1.)
12th – twelve library books   (Hold up 10 fingers, close, and then hold up 2.)
Sing to: The Farmer in the Dell
The school bus comes for me.
The school bus comes for me.
Hey ho, it’s time to go.
The school bus comes for me.
First we pick up John,
Next we pick up Susie,
Then we pick up ?
Last we pick up ?
Now we are at school.
Now we are at school.
Clap and cheer we’re finally here.
Now we are at school.

Sing to: You Are My Sunshine
The summer’s over, no more vacation,
But I have had lots of fun!
Now I am happy & I’m excited,
Now at last the school year’s begun!

Sing to: B-I-N-G-O 
There was a class that had a girl/boy,
And ____ was her/his name-o,
Jump, jump ____ (Child’s name),
Jump, jump, ____ (Child’s name),
Jump, jump, ____ (Child’s name),
We’re glad you’re here today.
Sing to: Frere Jacques
Teacher:  Where is __________?  Where is _______?
Child:       Here I am, Here I am.
Teacher:  How are you this morning:
Child:       Very well, I thank you.
Teacher:   Hop away. Hop away.
                (Child hops away)
Repeat using other children.  You may want to vary the final action to walk, skip, or jump away, etc.
Another Version:
Where is (name),
Where is (name),
Here I am, here I am,
How are you today (name)?
Very well thank-you.
Yes indeed, yes indeed.
Sing to: If You’re Happy & You Know It
The first thing on your paper is your name, (and the date)
The first thing on your paper is your name. (and the date)
The teacher ought to know who did this work, and so,
The first thing on your paper is your name. (and the date)
Another Version:
Put your name on your paper, Write it down, (clap, clap)
Put your name on your paper,  Write it down! (stomp, stomp)
Put your name on your paper,  
Put the date on your paper,
Put your number on your paper, Write it down! (clap, stomp)

Does your homeschool or class have any Back to School song FAVS not listed? If so, post them in the comments or email us at We sure would like to sing them in our homeschool, others may enjoy them  as well. 

Now here is your FREEBIE Back to School Song Sheet from our Teachers Notebook Store:

Be sure to come back & visit us again soon for MORE vintage Back to School activities & FREEBIES!!! See you then!!

Welcome to our Back to School Fingerplays and Poems blog page!  

The following Back to School fingerplays and poems are fun and useful resources for:
Introducing Poetry to Children
Practicing Fine Motor Skills
Following Directions
Introducing Concepts
Here are some ways to choose your finger plays for the day:
Roll the dice the child with the highest or lowest number gets first pick, then subsequent.
If you are in a large classroom, have each child roll the dice, highest or lowest number gets first pick by their alphabetical order first names.
Make a chart of the back to school fingerplays and poems the children know along with ones you introduce. Use thematic cut outs to write the poems on. Move your pointer slowly down the list. Tell the children they are to choose the poem to be recited by clapping the loudest when the pointer is opposite their favorite.
For some of the following back to school fingerplays and poems, you may want to  incorporate some of our FREE Back to School Patterns. So come back and visit our blog again to get the links.
Get your class READY for Back to School Circle Time with our FAV Fingerplays!!
Here is a nice poem to prompt discussion on how each child got ready for their new school year.
All Ready For School
Summer is over!
But I’m nobody’s fool!
I really like summer –
And I also like school!
I bought new clothes
And brand new shoes.
I saw so many pretty things
It was hard for me to choose.
I have a box for my lunch
And for my books, a pack.
I will have to carry everything
Right there on my back!
First Day of School

Hey! Hey! Look at me!
I’m ready to go to school,
To learn to read and write and spell;
And learn all the rules.
I’m going to be very smart,
You just wait and see!
And when I become the President
You’ll know it’s really me!

Going Back to School 

Today I hurry off to school,
To work and learn and play.
I’m in a brand new grade this year.
What a happy day!
Good Morning
In the morning, when the finger people wake up, (stretch fingers out)
The very first thing they do is to each say,
(Beginning with the thumbs, each finger in turn bows good morning to everyone.)
”Good Morning, good morning, good morning
Good morning, good morning to you!”
Now they all have come to Sunday School,
Mother and father,
Brother, sister and baby too,
And they each say, “Good Morning, good morning, good morning
Good morning, good morning to you!” 
I Like Children
I like children.
I like them a lot.
I like them cold,
I like them hot.
I like them quiet,
I like them noisy.
I like them girlsy,
I like them boysy!
I Wondered When I Could Go to School
I wondered and I wondered
When I could go to school.
They said I wasn’t old enough
According to the rule.
I waited and I waited,
I was patient as could be.
And now I’m all excited …
It’s time for school for me! 
Make a Happy Day
(Point to particular body part)
Two eyes to see nice things to do,
Two lips to smile the whole day through.
Two ears to hear what others say,
Two hands to put the toys away.
A tongue to speak sweet words each day,
A loving heart for work and play.
Two feet that errands gladly run,
Make happy days for everyone.
My First Day

See me skip,
See me run,
I am going to school like everyone.
See me smile,
See me grin,
When the bell rings, I walk in.
See me work,
See me play,
I am in (Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd, Grade etc.)
My first day!
My School Promise 
Each day I will do my best,
And I will not do any less.
My work will always please me,
And I will not accept a mess.
I will color very carefully,
My writing will be neat.
And I will not be happy,
Until my papers are complete.
I will always do my homework,
And try my best on every test.
I will not forget my promise,
To do my very best!
Off to Kindergarten

Off to Kindergarten,
When I was small I was afraid.
Teacher helped me, and oh, the art I made!
I splashed in water and collected worms,
Never knowing how much I learned.
Pretending how to put out the fire,
I was a princess, in a crown of bended wire.
I practiced how to write my name,
and soon enough it brought me fame.
Exploring, discovering, creative play,
Is what we did everyday.
This was the greatest place to grow,
Now off to kindergarten I will go.
My head held high,
I will try not to cry!

Ready for School

Two little houses all closed up tight (make fists)
Open up the window and let in the light (open fist)
Ten little finger people tall and straight (ten fingers)
Ready for school at half past eight (walk with fingers)

The Creature in the Classroom 
It appeared inside our classroom
at a quarter after ten,
it gobbled up the blackboard,
three erasers and a pen.
It gobbled teacher’s apple
and it bopped her with the core.
“How dare you!” she responded.
“You must leave us . . . there’s the door.”
The Creature didn’t listen
but described an arabesque
as it gobbled all her pencils,
seven notebooks and her desk.
Teacher stated very calmly,
“Sir! You simply cannot stay,
I’ll report you to the principal
unless you go away!”
But the thing continued eating,
it ate paper, swallowed ink,
as it gobbled up our homework
I believe I saw it wink.
Teacher finally lost her temper.
“OUT!” she shouted at the creature.
The creature hopped beside her
and GLOPP . . . it swallowed teacher.
       – Jack Prelutsky
Copyright Info:
Text ©1983 The Random House Book of Poetry for Children selected by Jack Prelutsky; illustrated by Arnold Lobel; published by Random House Children’s Books.

The First Day of Kindergarten
I gave you a little wink and smile
As you entered my room today.
For I know how hard it is to leave
And know your child must stay.
You’ve been with him for many years now
And have been a loving guide.
But now, alas, the time has come
To leave him at my side.
Just know that as you drive away
And tears down your cheeks may flow.
I’ll love him as I would my own
And help him learn and grow.
For as a parent, I too know
How quickly the years do pass.
And that one day, it was my turn
To take my child to class.
So please put your mind at ease
And cry those tears no more.
For I will love him and take him in
When you leave him at my door.

Welcome children, I’m glad you’re here.
We’re all going to have a wonderful year!
We’ll draw and we’ll write,
We’ll sing and we’ll play,
We’ll paint and we’ll build,
And learn new things each day!
The leaves are falling
One by one.
Summer’s over
School’s begun. 

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Homeschoolers Hall of Fame

I ran across this compiled list such a LONG time ago,  I cannot remember where I found it. If you are reading this post and know where this list originated, PLEASE let me know so I can link to it.

George Washington
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
John Quincy Adams
Abraham Lincoln
William Henry Harrison
Theodore F. Roosevelt
Patrick Henry [VA]
Charles Pickney III [SC]
Richard D. Spaight [NC]
William Livingston [NJ]
Richard Bassett [DE]
U.S. Senators and Congressmen
William S. Johnson [CT]
George Clymer [PA]
John Francis Mercer [MD]
William Blout [TN]
William Few [GA]
Blaise Pascal
Booker T. Washington
Thomas Edison
Benjamin Franklin
Andrew Carnegie
John Stuart Mill
Chief Justices of U.S. Supreme Court
John Rutledge
John Jay
John Marshall
College Presidents
John Witherspoon — Yale
Timothy Dwight — Princeton
William S. Johnson — Columbia
Preachers / Missionaries
John & Charles Wesley
John Owen
Johnathon Edwards
William Carey
Dwight D. Moody
John Newton
Hudson Taylor
Mark Twain
George Bernard Shaw
Irving Berlin
Charles Dickens
C.S. Lewis
Charles Montesquieu
Famous Women
Abigail Adams
Mercy Warren
Martha Washington
Florence Nightingale
Phyllis Wheatley
Agatha Christie
Pearl S. Buck
“Stonewall” Jackson
Robert E. Lee
Douglas MacArthur
George Patton
John Singleton Copley
Andrew Wyeth
Rembrandt Peale
Claude Money
Ansel Adams
Anton Bruckner
Felix Mendelssohn
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Francis Poulenc

Constitutional Convention Delegates
.Richard Basseti – Governor of DE
• William Blount – U.S. Senator
• George Clymer – U.S. Representative
• William Few – U.S. Senator
• Benjamin Franklin
• William Houston – Lawyer
• William S. Johnson
• William Livingston – Governor of NJ
• James Madison – 4th U.S. President
• George Mason – Justice of VA
• John Francis Mercer – U.S. Rep.
• Charles Pickney III – Governor of SC
• John Rutledge – Chief Justice
• Richard D. Spaight – Governor of NC
• George Washington
• John Witherspoon
• George Wythe – Justice of VA

• John Adams
• John Quincy Adams
• Grover Cleveland
• James Garfield
• William Henry Harrison
• Andrew Jackson
• Thomas Jefferson
• Abraham Lincoln
• James Madison
• Franklin Delano Roosevelt
• Theodore Roosevelt
• John Tyler
• George Washington
• Woodrow Wilson

• Konrad Adenauer
• Henry Fountain Ashurst
• William Jennings Bryan
• Winston Churchill
• Henry Clay
• Pierre du Pont
• Benjamin Franklin
• Alexander Hamilton
• Patrick Henry
• William Penn
• Daniel Webster

Military Leaders
• John Barry – Senior Navy Officer
• Stonewall Jackson – Civil War General
• John Paul Jones – Father of the American Navy
• Robert E. Lee – Civil War General
• Douglas MacArthur – U.S. General
• George Patton – U.S. General
• Matthew Perry – naval officer who opened up trade with Japan
• John Pershing – U.S. General
• David Dixon Porter – Civil War Admiral

U.S. Supreme Court Judges
• John Jay
• John Marshall
• John Rutledge
• Sandra Day O’Connor

• George Washington Carver
• Pierre Curie
• Albert Einstein
• Michael Faraday – electrochemist
• Oliver Heaviside – physicist and electromagnetism researcher
• T.H. Huxley
• Blaise Pascal
• Booker T. Washington

• William Blake
• John Singleton Copley
• Claude Monet
• Grandma Moses
• Charles Peale
• Leonardo da Vinci
• Andrew Wyeth
• Jamie Wyeth

Religious Leaders
• Joan of Arc
• William Carey
• Jonathan Edwards
• Philipp Melancthon
• Dwight L. Moody
• John Newton
• John Owen
• Hudson Taylor
• John & Charles Wesley
• Brigham Young 

• Alexander Graham Bell – invented the telephone
• John Moses Browning – firearms inventor and designer
• Peter Cooper – invented skyscraper, built first U.S. commercial locomotive
• Thomas Edison – invented the stock ticker, mimeograph, phonograph, and perfected the electric light bulb
• Benjamin Franklin – invented the lightning rod
• Elias Howe – invented sewing machine
• William Lear – airplane creator
• Cyrus McCormick – invented grain reaper
• Guglielmo Marconi – developed radio
• Eli Whitney – invented the cotton gin
• Sir Frank Whittle – invented turbo jet engine
• Orville and Wilbur Wright – built the first successful airplane

• Irving Berlin
• Anton Bruckner
• Noel Coward
• Felix Mendelssohn
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
• Francis Poulenc
• John Philip Sousa

• Hans Christian Anderson
• Margaret Atwood
• Pearl S. Buck
• William F. Buckley, Jr.
• Willa Cather
• Agatha Christie
• Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
• Charles Dickens
• Robert Frost – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
• Charlotte Perkins Gilman
• Alex Haley
• Brett Harte
• L. Ron Hubbard
• C.S. Lewis
• Amy Lowell
• Gabriela Mistral
• Sean O’Casey
• Christopher Paolini – author of #1 NY Times bestseller, Eragon
• Isabel Paterson
• Beatrix Potter – author of the beloved Peter Rabbit Tales
• Carl Sandburg
• George Bernard Shaw
• Mattie J. T. Stepanek – 11-year-old author of Heartsongs
• Mercy Warren
• Phillis Wheatley
• Walt Whitman
• Laura Ingalls Wilder

• Amos Bronson Alcott – innovative teacher, father of Louisa May Alcott
• Catharine Beecher – co-founder of the Hartford Female Seminary
• Jill Ker Conway – first woman president of Smith College
• Timothy Dwight – President of Yale University
• William Samuel Johnson – President of Columbia College
• Horace Mann – “Father of the American Common School”
• Charlotte Mason – Founder of Charlotte Mason College of Education
• Fred Terman – President of Stanford University
• Frank Vandiver – President of Texas A&M University
• Booker T. Washington – Founder of Tuskegee Institute
• John Witherspoon – President of Princeton University

Performing Artists
• Louis Armstrong – king of jazz
• Charlie Chaplin – actor
• Whoopi Goldberg – actress
• Hanson – sibling singing group
• Jennifer Love Hewitt – actress
• Yehudi Menuhin – child prodigy violinist
• Moffatts – Canadian version of Hanson
• Frankie Muniz – child actor
• LeAnne Rimes – teen-prodigy country music singer

Business Entrepreneurs
• Andrew Carnegie – wealthy steel industrialist
• Amadeo Giannini – Bank of America’s founder
• Horace Greeley – New York Tribune founder
• Soichiro Honda – creator of the Honda automobile company
• Peter Kindersley – book illustrator and publisher
• Ray Kroc – founder of McDonald’s fast food restaurant chain
• Jimmy Lai – newspaper publisher; founder of Giordano International
• Dr. Orison Swett Marden – founder, Success magazine
• Adolph Ochs – New York Times founder
• Joseph Pulitzer – newspaper publisher; established Pulitzer Prize
• Colonel Harland Sanders – started Kentucky Fried Chicken
• Dave Thomas – founder of the Wendy’s restaurant chain

• Abigail Adams – Wife of John Adams; mother of John Quincy Adams
• Ansel Adams – Photographer
• Susan B. Anthony – reformer and women’s rights leader
• John James Audubon – ornithologist and artist
• Clara Barton – Started the Red Cross
• Elizabeth Blackwell – first woman in the U.S. to receive a medical degree
• John Burroughs – Naturalist
• George Rogers Clark – Explorer
• Davy Crockett – frontiersman
• Eric Hoffer – social philosopher
• Sam Houston – lawyer; first president of the Republic of Texas
• Charles Evans Hughes – jurist; Chief Justice
• Mary D. Leakey – fossil hunter; wife of Richard Leakey
• Tamara McKinney – World Cup Skier
• Harriet Martineau – first woman sociologist
• Margaret Mead – cultural anthropologist
• John Stuart Mill – Free-market Economist
• Charles Louis Montesquieu – Philosopher
• John Muir – naturalist
• Florence Nightingale – Nurse
• Thomas Paine – political writer during the American Revolution
• Bill Ridell – Newspaperman
• Will Rogers – Humorist
• Bertrand Russell – Logician
• Jim Ryan – World Runner
• Albert Schweitzer – Physician
• Sir Ernest Shackleton – Explorer
• Herbert Spencer – philosopher, sociologist
• Gloria Steinem – founder and long-time editor of Ms. magazine
• Jason Taylor – plays in the National Football League
• Mary Walker – Civil War physician; recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor
• Lester Frank Ward – “Father of American Sociology”
• Martha Washington – wife of George Washington
• Frances E. C. Willard – educator, temperance leader, and suffragist
• Frank Lloyd Wright – Architect
• Elijah ben Solomon Zalman – Jewish scholar

Famous Homeschool Parents
• Michael Card – singer, songwriter
• Mike Farris – lawyer and co-founder of Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
• Robert Frost – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
• Christopher Klicka – attorney and Senior Counsel of Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
• Len Munsil – attorney and President of The Center for Arizona Policy (CAP)
• Paul Overstreet – musician, songwriter
• Kelly Preston – actress, wife of John Travolta
• Mike Smith – lawyer and co-founder of Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
• John Travolta – actor, pilot
• Lisa Whelchel – former actress, “The Facts of Life”, now a pastor’s wife and author

 If you know of any others we have not listed, add the name(s) in the comments.

We at A kinders Garten Vintage Homeschool would dig on adding YOUR “famous” homeschool to our list! Emails us at:  with the name of your school, your name & the names of ALL your babes. You may write a short “Bio”, include a picture of all if you can & we will be STOKED to add YOU ASAP!!!

So JOIN US and TAKE the PLUNGE…Homeschool YOUR babes TODAY!!!

Whew!!! Had to take a blog breather…building a foundation on this here blog so we can just putt along come September is a bit brutal but DETERMINED to carry on, so let’s ROCK our Back to School Classic Vintage Book Reviews with part 2!
Our next FAV vintage classic is Clifford Runs to Story Time! Clifford is another one of our FAV pups! 

This EASY reading format allows for much picture discussion.  What will Clifford out run next to get to storytime as fast as he can?

Back in the 60’s when Clifford the Big Red Dog book first came out, I read it over & over!!! In those days, Scholastic had a book buying program in our schools. The company sent a type of newsprint brochure to be passed out in class, one for each child. The child would take it home, look through the paper, then choose the books they wanted. Parents would cut off the order blank with the selected books indicated and send it along with the money or a check to school with their child by the order due date. The teacher would collect the money and appoint a child to take the orders to the office. We would ANXIOUSLY await the day for our new books to arrive. We ALL felt quite special to be able to place our personal orders and receive our books. I do NOT know if the program still exists today as I searched the Scholastic site and could not find anything. I do remember having the program in my A Kinders Garten PreSchool in the ’80’s as I believed the program would instill a love for reading in young children for years to come.Since we were such a small school, it was quite generous of them to include us in the program.
I am glad I chose to get Clifford the Big Red dog when I was a child. Clifford has been a part of my classroom curriculum ever since and it is a JOY to read it to my grandbabes. They LOVE Clifford too. You can instill the love of reading in your child with this rendition of Clifford Runs to Story Time! On Amazon:


In this classic vintage Little Golden Book Jerry takes us through his school day.

And just like when I went to school, mother walked Jerry during those first few weeks to be sure he knew the way. 

Things were so different then. The school of suburbia was new, clean and WELL equipped. Why I even remember those types of chairs. The children were dressed nice and neat, hair combed, faces and hands washed ALL ready for their day at school. The teacher dressed neat and proper to set an example for her young students.

And a teacher just was NOT a teacher if she could NOT play the piano.

In our lunchroom you had to raise your hand before you were excused from the table. The lunch duty teacher would check to be sure you ate ALL your food before excusing you whether it was a school lunch or brought from home.  

Our kindergarten had their own fenced in area with age appropriate equipment to keep them safe.

Everyone LOVES the sand box. It was a special treat to paint pictures on the easel.

The end of the school day was an exciting time telling mother ALL about the friends made and fun had.

If you want the days of yesteryear in your classroom, this is a book you will surely want in your Back to School book inventory.



Jerry at School

This vintage classic is our good ol’ friend Morris the Moose. My babes follow every move he makes in Morris at School with MUCH fascination and laughter. 

Morris the moose is quite a fellow, but he realizes he cannot read or count. So he decides to go to school. Morris is thrilled after a day of A, B, C’s, 1, 2, 3’s, hoof-painting, and make-believe. Now he can finally count gumdrops! My babes get a “KICK” out of Morris at school, yours will too!

You can get Morris at School just in time for Back to School on Amazon:


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Morris Goes to School

Miss. Polly’s Animal School is an exciting vintage classic Back to School book. 
Where are all the animals going? Are they going here, or there? No, they are going to Miss. Polly’s Animal School. Join the school day surprises with Miss. Polly and ALL her animal students.

Your class can find out ALL about the animals school day with Miss. Polly too on Amazon:


or from eBay: 
Miss Polly’s Animal School

Well, that is the end of Our Back to School Classic Vintage Book Reviews Part 2 . We have one more part we are currently writing featuring MORE DYNO Back to School Vintage Classics. You will NOT want to miss out on Part 3 (our last BTS Book posting for the 2014 year) of our Back to School Classic Vintage Book Reviews! In the meantime, be sure to get some of these vintage classics for your classroom! 

See you next time!!

If you missed the first part of our vintage Classic Book Reviews, check it out here!!