Ten Important Back to School Poemsby Kalli DakosBack to School can be a very stressful time for children. You can helpyour students by sharing poems about the school world. A short poem cangive children the “words” for feelings they may not be able to express, helpthem realize they are not alone with their thoughts and fears, and give teachersa starting point to discuss the return to school.I have written over 2,000 poems about life in school, and here are ten ofmy favorites for BACK TO SCHOOL, 2013.Cleaning House in My BrainI’m cleaning houseIn my brain,It’s BACK TO SCHOOLTime again.Shine windows,Paint doors,Vacuum rugs,Polish floors.Brush awayTV shows,Picnics, beaches,Free time goes.Bring my memoryBack in gear,Sweep the channels,Crystal clear.My brain isAn amazing tool,And it’s all ready forBACK TO SCHOOL!Poem by Kalli Dakos from current manuscript
Page 2In the following poem, a student is considering all the changes she will make tohave a successful school year.Introducing a New ME!There’s a new ME this year,An on-time ME,A clean-desk ME,A first-to-hand-in-assignments ME,A listens-in-class-to-the-teacher ME,A teacher’s-pet-for-the-first-time-in-my-life ME,An-always-willing-to-be-good-and help-out ME,A e-it’s-due ME.The problem isThe new MEIs not like MEAt all.Poem by Kalli DakosPut Your Eyes Up Here and Other School Poem (Simon and Schuster)
Page 3Everyone is a bit nervous on the first day of school – children, parents, teachers. . . even some pencils.Warning All Pencils in SchoolIt’s not fair,It’s not fair,ALL PENCILSBEWARE!Pencil sharpenersAre in there,Biting teethBeyond compare,Teachers stickingUs in hair,Erasers hidingEverywhere,Kids who do notReally care,Lots of workAnd tests to bear!It’s not fair,It’s not fair,ALL PENCILSBEWARE!Pencil Poem by Kalli Dakos from current manuscriptChildren are afraid of mean kids and bullies, and these fears should beacknowledged and discussed at this time of the year. This poem can help beginsuch a discussion.The Bully and the WimpWe were in the bathroom,The bully and I,He punched me,I punched him back,And that’s when he cried!*A Funeral in the Bathroom and Other School Bathroom Poems
Page 4One of our children’s greatest fears is “failure,” yet learning to fail” is probablythe most important lesson they can learn. This short poem says a great dealabout “failure” for parents, teachers and the children themselves.Don’t Tell MeDon't tell meI won't failFor it might notBe true.Just tell meYou'll stillLove meEven if I do.Don’t Read This Book, Whatever You Do! More Poems About School(Simon and Schuster)There are so many moments of embarrassment in school. A poem helps a childto feel connected with others who have made the same “mistakes.”I Called My TeacherMommyI called my teacherMommy,What a silly thingI said!I called my teacherMommy,I have fluffInside my head!I called my teacherMommy,Now my faceIs apple red!Poem by Kalli Dakos from a current manuscript.
Page 5There are good days and bad days in school, and some days children feel like justhiding away somewhere.Hiding in the BathroomI’m hiding in the bathroom,There’s no one here to see,I’m tired of my classroom,And I wish they’d set me free.Free from all those noisy kids,Rattling round the room,And calling me such awful names –I’ll never last till June!Free from that darn substituteWho screeches and who yells . . .The bathroom is the nicest place,To sit and wait for bells.If You’re Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand, Poems About School(Simon and Schuster)
Page 6Discuss BACK to SCHOOL from the teacher’s point of view. Sometimesteachers have bad days too.Mr. C’s Bad DayThe entire dayHas been.MR. C THIS,MR. C THAT,MR. C. COME HERE,MR. C. GO THERE,MR. C I NEEDMR. C. I WANT,MR. C. I FORGOT,MR. C.MR. CMR. C.
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