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5 Fun Back to School Poems
Although it’s Summer break for most of us, we can’t help but think about the Back to School season that is just around the corner. Whether the kids will be starting kindergarten, or returning to their favorite school, here are 5 Back to School poems to help get them in the swing of things.
These fun poems for back to school are a great way to introduce bus safety, hand washing procedures, calendar time, and build a positive classroom community.
Back to School Poem of the Day
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Poems for Back to School
Riding the Bus
Part of the excitement of going back to school is riding the school bus. If your kiddos are in kindergarten, then riding the bus for the first time is a big deal. We want to celebrate the excitement, remind the kids of bus safety, and start building their language skills.
Bus Safety is very important for the kids and the school staff. Listening to the bus driver, sitting in your seat, no eating, and knowing what bus you ride, are just a few of the rules to learn before putting kids onto the bus for the first time.
This poem about riding the bus is perfect for the first day of school, or your back to school activities spread throughout the first week.
Poem about Families
This poem about families is something all of the kids can relate to. Some families are big, and families are small. Families are different, and we love them all. This is also a great bridge into teaching diversity – not everyone is the same and we need to show kindness and compassion to all!
During the back to school season, or the first week of school, I like to focus on building a positive classroom community.
To show the kids I care about them and their families, I would send home a parent letter asking for a family photo, and do an entire days lesson about families – allowing the kids to share their photos and talk about why they love their family.
This poem about families is perfect in the front of a poetry notebook or hung on the bulletin board.
Both, the full Families poem with larger print, and the one with space for a drawing are both included in the Poem of the Day resource.
Days of the Week Song
In preK, kindergarten, and first grade, kids often recite a days of the week song, poem, or chant during the classroom morning routine. A typical calendar routine includes going over the days of the week, months of the year, yesterday/today/tomorrow, the date, how many days are in the month, and the four seasons.
Over the 17 years of teaching, I used a lot of different songs, chants, and poems for calendar time. The kids always loved the Adam’s Family version of Days of the Week. Perhaps it’s because it incorporates singing, rhymes, and body movement…a perfect combination for learning!
When you are ready to begin teaching the days of the week, or are looking for a quick review of basic calendar skills, this back to school poem will be perfect!
This year, more than ever, are kids expected to learn proper hand washing skills. Most kids run their hands under the water, and call that hand washing. ? It’s important we take the time to teach them how to wash their hands effectively – scrubbing with soap and hot water for 20 seconds.
Restrictions and social distancing in schools will be on the forefront of most school districts around the country. If you are looking for ways to help prepare kids for school during the Covid pandemic, check out my blog post 21 Tips to Prepare Kids for Kindergarten During Covid.
Here is a simple and short poem about washing your hands to keep the germs away.
All About Me
When kids come to school, they are nervous, excited, and ready to meet new friends. This All About Me printable is a great way to let kids share what means the most to them. Hang them around the room, or make a class book. Either way, the kids will love getting to know their new classmates.
Send this home as a family activity, have a volunteer come in to complete with kids, or fill it out as you sit with the kids one-on-one. This All About Me printable will be great for the kids’ memory books.
These 5 Back to School poems are the perfect way to get kids excited about school. Use rhyming, singing, movement, and allow time to let the kids talk about themselves.
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