Archive for September, 2014

WHOAH!!! Check out the MUCH fun we had playing a few  Back to School Pinocchio Theatre coloring and activities!
First, we reviewed our Little Golden Book Disney’s Story of Pinocchio flannelboard picture matching.  If you missed the post featuring this activity, you can check it out here:
This time around, we used our large Multi-media flannelboard to sequence the story using the flannelboard figures. 

Our Pinocchio  flannelboard set is accompanied by matching black line coloring pages. I had each child chose which picture they wanted to color. They stood in line to copy out the ones they chose to color with our copy machine.  I was so surprised at how well they behaved at the machine. They lined up nicely, talking about what coloring pages they had chosen while they waited to use the machine. GOLD STAR!!!

Then using our Pinocchio flannelboard set as a color guide, each child colored their chosen page. They also chose to use colored pencils as their medium after deciding the texture would be smooth like the flannelboard pieces. We talked about big spaces and small spaces, about color hues, staying inside the lines, dark and light shades. I showed them how to scribble a bit of the pencil on a part of the pages empty spaces to be sure the color they chose was the color they were looking for. They did an EXCELLENT job matching the pictures by carefully choosing the right color. ANOTHER GOLD STAR!!!
Following our story sequencing and color matching, we did some Pinocchio worksheets.


You can get some FREEBIE Pinocchio themed coloring and activity pages for your class from our Teacher’s Notebook store here:

Come back soon for our final Back to School Pinocchio Theatre post, Part 3 with another FREEBIE & MORE Pinocchio links!!!

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Last year we went Back to School with Pinocchio. This is an excellent story to review this time of year as Pinocchio reminds boys and girls alike the importance of a proper education along with what can happen when one chooses to “follow” the crowd. 
I introduced Pinocchio using Disney’s famous rendition of Pinocchio in a movie format. If you do not happen to have the Disney Pinocchio Movie in your collection, you can get one here:

On Amazon:


Or on eBay: 

Disney’s Pinocchio DVD

Every new day, I introduced various renditions in book with record or in just record form. This method introduces the concept of different version comparison studies for younger children.

This rendition from Peter Pan records is one of our favs:

You can get this rendition for your class:


There are several to choose from various sellers on eBay:

Pinocchio Book and Record 

We love our Pinocchio book and record narrated by Larry Harmon:

We watched Pinocchio on our Show-N-Tell film strip record player. The record comes with a film strip that you play on the Show-N-Tell television. 

If you have a Show-N-Tell television viewer, you can get a Pinocchio Show-N-Tell for your little ones here:

On Amazon: 


This vintage Show-N-tell story is hard to find so you may have better luck on eBay: 

Pinocchio Show-N-Tell

We also watched a film strip with an accompanying record. It came from this set of Children’s Folk Tales: 

Here are a few frames from our Pinocchio Film Strip for you to check out:

 As you can see, this film strip is yet another rendition (please forgive our camera flash…taking pictures of a film strip is hard to get without a flash):

You can try to get a Pinocchio film strip and record or cassette for your class (but they are a bit rare) here:

Vintage Pinocchio Film Strip

We also have a Super 8 projector and watch this short clip from the vintage Disney Pinocchio movie:

 If you have a Super 8, we just happened to currently be listing this on our eBay auctions and you may want to add this to your collection:

Monstro the Whale 

Here are all of the Disney Pinocchio Songs on a 33 1/3 RPM LP…check out our Jiminy Cricket figurine:

You can get the songs for your class on Amazon:


Once again, eBay has quite a selection to choose from: 

Disney’s Pinocchio Songs from the Movie LP

If you want a 45 with just the “When You Wish Upon A Star” song, this is one from Cricket Records…one of our favs:

Currently we were unable to find one on Amazon but eBay has one here:

When You Wish Upon a Star Cricket Label Record

Cricket records also has the story on a 45 RPM:

Again, NO find on Amazon but eBay more oft than not comes through. Sometimes one has to scroll down a bit to find the actual item:

Pinocchio Story on Cricket 45 RPM Records 

Our Disney’s Pinocchio Story Book and Records narrated by Cliff Edwards  on RCA are dated 1949 on 45 RPM:

As you can see even the noises made are written down if you have no record:

The book included record sleeves to protect each record (there are 2):

Cliff Edwards was the “voice” of Jiminy Cricket. You can find out more about Cliff here: 

Cliff Edwards

While once again we could not find this rendition of Amazon, eBay comes through!!

Pinocchio Book and Record Narrated by Cliff Edwards

Here is a rendition from Treasure Tales for those of you who do NOT have a record player but has a CD player and would like to add this to their Pinocchio collection…we like ours: 

An EASY find on Amazon: 

and on eBay:

Pinocchio Book and CD

Paul Winchell, Jerry Mahoney & Knucklehead Smiff are one my FAV from the days of yesteryear. Their Pinocchio rendition is a full-fledged “radio play” with different actors playing the various roles accompanied by great sound effects and fantastic original songs. Paul Winchell along with his sidekicks makes Pinocchio a very funny , truly gripping tale masterfully done, excellent for TV-free “quiet time” or long car rides. We do NOT have this rendition as $61.00 is a bit STEEP for us…wish we did!!! But you can add this CD to your Pinocchio collection here:


Here is a fun interactive Pinocchio song and you can sing along with your class:

Pinocchio Interactive Song at Super Simple Learning

While reading our Little Golden Book Disney’s Pinocchio, we did a bit of interactive work by matching up our Disney Pinocchio flannel board pictures with pictures from the book:

We first ROLLED the DICE to see who would go first. 

As I read each page, the chosen child chose the picture that matched the one on the page of the book and put it on the flannel board:

If you would like to add this vintage Little Golden Book Pinocchio classic to your library you can find it on Amazon here:


or on eBay here:

Vintage Pinocchio Little Golden Book

We have some Disney Story Puppets up for auction currently from our eBay store. You should check it out as it also contains MORE story puppets from Disney’s classic fairy Tales:

Our Disney Puppets Up for Auction on eBay

I also read them this poem by Linda A. Copp:

Gone Pinocchio my wooden head, And a cool clear day of blue ahead. The crystal sea, the ocean sky, All wrapped about me, about me why? Slender slits and shafts of glow, Sun drape the ground and make it so. Pinocchio, Pinocchio, Where have you gone. Where did you go? I need to know, I need to know. That wooden part that made your head Has turned my heart to wood instead. And splintered up its one time whole, Like so many fragments of char and coal. And the cool, the clear, the blue today, Even the traces of this fine Spring Day- Can’t turn the hurt, the wood inside, Back to the thing that laughed and cried. Pinocchio, Oh! Wooden Head, A liar’s nose, a donkey’s head. A step of stringy, airy space. A Poets loss, A blind man’s face. Come back, come back, I love you still. And the blue that’s round the window sill, Has filled my life, my everything. And left me Queen without a King. The Jester’s Pawn, the Knights sit still, The Courts in gloom in dark and chill. The suns outside and the blue is too. But, what will I do, what will I do my Pinocchio, without you?

This is an easy fun Pinocchio script for acting out a play even young ones can participate in:

Pinocchio Theater Play

You can use these FREEBIE vintage Pinocchio & Geppetto Masks offered from Gillette Razors when performing your play. While we do not have the entire set, these 2 masks will start you off.

Just print out on tagbord, cut around the figure and where the eyes are. Then measure around the child’s head a 1/4″ elastic, cut & staple to mask. 

We also have some small but effective FREEBIE Pinocchio puppets. Click on the picture, then click “save as”:


You can get these vintage Pinocchio Masks from Gillette FREEBIE along with the Pinocchio Puppets from our Teacher’s Notebook Store here:

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Now for the pièce de résistance our EXCLUSIVE VERY vintage (possibly even ANTIQUE) Pinocchio theatre complete with backdrops & props. First we got a 4″ deep box with a fold-over lid and made a stage. We painted it and cut 1/2″ lines in it to put in the props. We had fun arraging & re-arranging the scenery & props.

You can purchase our  EXCLUSIVE vintage Pinocchio Theatre complete with backdrops & props to copy for your babes for use during your Pinocchio Theatre time from our Teacher’s Notebook store:

Antique/Vintage Pinocchio Theatre 
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Well, that wraps up our Back to School Pinocchio Theatre Part 1. Be sure to come back and visit us soon for MORE of our Pinocchio Theatre fun!! See you then!!!

Back to School Pinocchio Theatre Part 2 

Tomorrow is the BIG Back to School 2014/2015 day!!! Are you ready? It always comes way too fast for us. Never do get everything done like I would want….but school marches on. 
Here is a vintage Back to School Sequencing Puzzle FREEBIE  along with some vintage Sandwich Recipes from the days of yesteryear to ease your day. May your back to school day go as smooth as the little boy’s day did! Enjoy!!!

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We hope you have enjoyed reminiscing the days of yesteryear whilst trippin’ thru our Back to School Classic Vintage Book Reviews thus far. This is our final post for this 2014/2015 school year. 
Our next vintage classic is The Make-Believe Parade from Wonder Books.

This book is FILLED with detailed illustrations that REALLY take you back to the carefree school days of yesteryear.
We also incorporate this book into our Community Helpers and our Safety Unit as when the children walk to school, each imagining they are different helpers in their community going off to work.

 But when they arrive at school, they put their coats, jackets, hats and boots in the cloak room.
By the time they get to their tables and sit down, they were children once again enjoying the school day fun.

Get this one book covering three units for your classroom this year!
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This next vintage classic is RIGHTEOUSLY FLYIN’!!! The Flying Sandbox is a TRIP!!! Why, I would have imagined our sandbox flying when I was a wee one, which makes this book such a nostalgic adventure for me. Most def gift your babes with the imagination of children from the days of yesteryear by reading them this classic!

All it took was a wish from a “magic” wishbone & off went Chris and Kerry. 

They flew over many familiar places in their hometown. On past the playground, over the mailman, and on over the shoreline they flew:

They soared with the planes over the airport:

Sailed into the apple orchard and got an apple from Mr. Brown:

Safely landed at home where a bird came along and sped off with the magic wishbone. While Chris was disappointed, Kerry was delighted to have a fun ride and an apple to enjoy:

 Get The Flying Sandbox book on Amazon:


 or on eBay:

The Flying Sandbox

While the following book is not vintage, the Old Lady most certainly is and we DIG her!! We have most of her themeatic books in our classroom library, so naturally, The Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books gets HIGH ratings from us along with much interactive activities. 

We did an Old Lady Backpack cut & paste we got from Kiz Club:

When my son Julian was young, we made an Old Lady head from a small sturdy box for a fun game to play while I read the story. Boy, I am so STOKED his Old Lady Game Box survived all those tumultuous years! I had each child roll the dice to see who went first in rote. As I read the story the child whose turn it was gave the old lady the item to be swallowed.

Then we rolled the dice again and played a  Back to School items color matching game on our giant multi-media flannel board. 

 We have the directions to make your own multi-media board for your classroom (scroll down):
Be sure to come back soon as I will be posting an updated Multi-Media Board directions as the one on the above page link wore out after years of much fun!
Storyboard Counting was our next Old Lady game. First we rolled the dice to see who was first:

Then each child in rote placed as many school supplies they wanted on the Storyboard Counting Chart and counted them:

They placed the correct number of the counted items on the Storyboard Chart:

Next they chose a stamp:

Then they stamped the corresponding number of stamps, counted to be sure they stamped the same amount as their Storyboard displayed, and wrote down the correct number. 

The last Old Lady Back to School supplies game we will cover on this here post is patterning with the Pocket Chart. Each child made their own school supply patterns:

We did so much more Old Lady Swallowed a book activities that you can find here. Adapt them to your classroom today for some exciting Back to School fun!!

3 Dinosaurs has some wonderful activities in  their Back to School FREE printable packs:
More FAV Old Lady Activity Fun Links of ours: 

Dig this There Was an Old Lady Swallowed Some Books Pintrest Page:

Generic Old Lady Who Swallowed Pinterest Page has varied Old Lady Books ideas for your class:
There Was an Old Lady on Pinterest 

Get your copy today on Amazon:



or on eBay: 

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books 

Well, that wraps up our FAV vintage classic Back to School reviews for the year 2014/2015. We hope you enjoyed these books and the activities we did with some of them. 

Here is the FREEBIE you have been waiting for. A wonderful antique 57 page teaching manual from 1879 titled “On Class Teaching”. Filled with anecdotes from the days of yesteryear. 

Download a FREE copy for you from our Teacher’s Notebook Store today!

On Class Teaching at A Kinders Garten Vintage Homeschool teachers Notebook Store

Before we go, here is an old Max Fleischer Back to School cartoon titled “The Educated Fish”. In this cartoon classic a little fish does not want to attend school. The teacher catches him and brings him to class. Instead of learning with the rest of the little fish, a wayward boy plays some pranks. Typically as most little boys will when being a rascal, he goes too far and is punished. So, he takes off. Because he did NOT learn the lesson of the day, he is lured by a worm and gets caught on a hook. Try as he may, he cannot get loose. He gets pulled into the boat, but the slippery little thing that he is, he manages to escape and flees right back to school. He recites the lesson for the teacher.  Filled with fun, laughter songs and morals. ENJOY!!!

 If you missed parts 1 & 2 of our 2014/2015 Back to School classic vintage book reviews, click on the following links:

Our Classic Vintage Book Reviews Part 1 

Our Classic Book Reviews Part 2

 See you next time on A Kinders Garten Vintage Homeschool Blog!!

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