Back to School!

The Plan


Foxy by Emma Dodd
Mouse’s First Day of School by Lauren Thompson
Pete the Cat: Rocking In My School Shoes by Eric Litwin
Wow! School! by Robert Neubecker

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

Flannelboard: “The Wheels on the Bus”

Fingerplay: “Way Up High in the Apple Tree”
Way up high in the apple tree
I saw two apples looking at me
I shook that tree as hard as I could
And down came the apples
And mmm, they were good!

Song: “Come to School” (Tune: Farmer in the Dell)
We like to come to school
We like to come to school
Our school is such a happy place
We like to come to school


This was one of my favorite crafts of all time! It was super cute, very easy to make, and it served a purpose! Some of my parents were planning on using this to store love notes for the first day! The craft and template came from Danielle’s Place.

How It Went

I did a special storytime in the morning, apart from the summer session, for the preschoolers that would be moving on to big-kid school this year. It was my hope that I’d be able to help alleviate some concerns through stories, let parents talk about which teachers their kids would have to find some ST friends that had the same class, and for me to say goodbye to them as my ST kids.

It was a great time for all. By the end of the storytime, I had all of the kids geared up and ready for kindergarten. I had picked books that talked about all the new and neat things they would see, so the kids were chanting “WOW FRIENDS, WOW TEACHER” and “I’m rocking in my school shoes” all the way out of the room.

At the end, I had giant hugs from a lot of kids that have been in storytime since I started way back in 2010. (Which isn’t *that* long ago, but it feels like a lifetime to them!) It was a wonderful send-off and I hope they started school with confidence!

8 comments on “Back to School!

  1. Abby Johnson (@abbylibrarian)
    September 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    What a cute idea and a great way to give your kids a nice sendoff to school! I think I need to try a back-to-school storytime next summer!

    • Katie
      September 19, 2012 at 9:36 am #

      Thanks, Abby! It worked out wonderfully!

  2. Elisabeth (YS Princess)
    September 6, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    That is an ADORABLE backpack craft!

    • Katie
      September 19, 2012 at 9:37 am #

      Thank you! I loved it the minute I saw it online!

  3. ndlyouth
    September 15, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    I love the craft! Soo Cute!

    • Katie
      September 19, 2012 at 9:45 am #

      Thanks! It was a great craft!

  4. Tara Lynn Kazda
    August 2, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    Did you have to have parents help with the craft? I am doing a Kindergarten program with just kids. Not sure how well they would do this craft…


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