8 Fun Back to School Poems
Get your kids ready for school today with these fun back to school poems for kids.
The beginning of the school year is a special time for kids. They often have anxiety about starting a new school year, but also excited to have so much fun with their new teacher and friends.
Whether used individually or as a poetry pack, these simple poems are a great way to introduce bus safety, hand washing procedures, calendar time, and build a positive classroom community at the beginning of the year.
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Mary had a little lamb,
it’s fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went,
The lamb was sure to go.
It followed her to school one day,
Which was against the rules.
It made the children laugh and play,
To see the lamb at school.
Welcome Back to School
Welcome back to school,
a place to learn and be cool!
We will work and play,
and have lots to say.
Let’s remember to share our tools,
and help others follow the rules.
Pledge of Allegiance
I pledge Allegiance to the flag,
of the Unites States of America.
And to the republic for which it stands,
One nation under God,
indivisible, with liberty,
and justice for all.
Riding the Bus Back to School Poems
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.
Family Poem for Kids
Some families are big, and families are small. Families are different, and we love them all.
This family poem 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.
One of the best ways to show the kids you care about them is to talk to them about their families. 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 family poem is perfect as a poem of the week resource, or to hang as a classroom or hallway display. During open house, parents would appreciate the drawings the kids do!
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 to add to your collection of poems.
Hand Washing Chant
This year, more than ever, are kids expected to learn proper hand washing skills. When the school bells ring, it’s time to find fun ways to keep your kids healthy, safe, and engaged in learning.
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 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.
Back to School Poem of the Day
If you are considering creating poetry books with your kids, you can get Back to School poems, plus 115 poems for all of the seasons, at a super discounted rate! I believe in using poetry so much, that I can’t wait to see you get started, too!
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