Back-to-School Poems

Barbara J. Feldman

The end of summer means that kids will soon be going back to school. It’s a fun, scary, busy time for everyone, especially small children. Because transitions of all kinds can usually be made easier with stories, songs and poems, this week’s collection of poetry and sing along songs is dedicated to going back to school.

  • CanTeach: Songs & Poems4 stars

    "We've joined together as classmates / as the new year begins. / A year full of learning / while we become friends." Back to school poems and personalized piggyback songs await you at CanTeach. The personalized piggyback songs include your child's name and are sung to familiar tunes such as B-I-N-G-O or Frere Jacques. "Where is (name)? / Where is (name)? / Here I am, here I am."

  • DLTK: Back to School Poems and Songs5 stars

    "Kindergarten, here we come! / We know we'll have lots of fun." Celebrate school's first days with nursery rhymes, finger plays, lots of sing-along songs, and even poems for parents. Each of these is also available in a printable format without ads, and the original songs include an audio clip of the melody. Many of the poems and songs also include links to related coloring pages and craft ideas.

  • Giggle Poetry: Funny Poetry for Children5 stars

    Giggle Poetry features several very funny poets including Bruce Lansky, Kenn Nesbitt and Eric Ode. This particular page lists dozens of poem topics, and at least seven of them are school related. Just scroll down the page to find them all: School Lunch Poems, Teacher & Principal Poems, School Blues Poems, Classroom Zoo Poems, Homework Poems, School Activities Poems, and Classmate Poems. Here's the opening line from "My Doggie Ate My Homework" by Dave Crawley: "'My doggy ate my homework. / He chewed it up,' I said. / But when I offered my excuse / My teacher shook her head."

  • Poetry for Kids: Funny School Poems5 stars

    Kenn Nesbitt is an ex-computer programmer who is now a full-time poet. In addition to his funny kids poems and links to his poetry books, his site includes poetry lessons, word games, and a rhyming dictionary. This section includes a few of his School Foolery poems, including "Don't Bring Camels in the Classroom." "Don't bring camels in the classroom. / Don't bring scorpions to school. / Don't bring rhinos, rats, or reindeer. / Don't bring mice or moose or mule."

  • Robert Pottle: Funny School Poems5 stars

    Robert Pottle starting writing children's poems on a cross-country road trip in 2000, and hasn't stopped since. These school poems are divided into four topics: Back to School, Funny School Poems, Funny Teacher Poems and End of School Year. These opening lines are from "The First Day of Kindergarten." "Today was it. I went to school. / It was fun and kinda cool. / We did the hokey-pokey dance. / Peter cried -? he wet his pants."

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

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  • Feldman, Barbara. "Back-to-School Poems." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 23 Aug. 2011. Web. 4 Dec. 2014. < >.

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