I already know where Africa is

and I already know how to

count to ten and

I went to school every day last year,

why do I have to go again?


Lucille Clifton



Back to School


When summer smells like apples

and shadows feel cool

and falling leaves make dapples

of color on the pool

and wind is in the maples

and sweaters are the rule

and hazy days spell lazy ways,

Its hard to go to school.


But I go!


Aileen Fisher





Close the barbeque.

Close the sun.

Close the home-run games we won.

Close the picnic.

Close the pool.

Close the summer.

Open school.


Prince Redcloud






A Circle Of Friends


We've joined together as classmates

As the new year begins...

A year full of learning

While we become friends.

We'll share and be kind

As we work and play,

And our friendship will grow

With each passing day.




Fran Haraway


What plans that we laid, and

What promises made, and

What dreams we created in May!

We vowed that we'd try to

Fill June and July, to

Have wonderful fun each warm day.

But while we were scheming,

Designing, and dreaming,

Our summer slipped quickly away!


Hurray Day

Today is the day!

Hurray! Hurray!

It's the first day of school

And I'm on my way!

Everything's different

Nothing's the same

Because I'm going to learn

To write my name!

by Patricia Hubbell









First Day of School

I wonder

if my drawing

will be as good as theirs

I wonder

if they'll like me

or just be full of stares

I wonder

if my teacher

will look like Mom or Gram

I wonder

if my puppy

will wonder

where I am!


by Aileen Fisher


Going To School

Going to school,

You always run;

When it's not late,

You stop for fun!

You watch a squirrel,

Climb up a tree,

Gaze at the tree,

Gaze at the sky

For things to see.

There's singing birds,

A roaring place,

The pecking sun,

A drop of rain.

You'd like to stay,

But there's a yell --

A friend's shouting,

"Come on, the bell!"


Clare Miseles


School Time

School is here again

Summer's at an end.

See me work and play,

On an autumn day.




First Day of School

Always more of everything;

Reading, writing, figuring

Books to read and words to spell -

Hurry, there goes the bell!

Seems as if they might get through

Finding things for us to do!


Rachel Field




From September to December

What's the season?


Red leaves start to


Brown leaves start to


Orange leaves start to


Yellow leaves start to


After all, it's








A road like brown ribbon

A sky that is blue

A forest of green

With that sky peeping through.

Asters, deep purple,

A grasshopper's call,

Today is summer,

Tomorrow is fall.



September means it's time again

for going off to school.

The days are getting shorter

and the nights are getting cool.


Fall is Here

Helen H. Moore


Fall is here.


Another year

is coming to an end.


Summer's finished,

Summer's gone,

Winter's round the bend.


Fall is piles of crunchy leaves,

orange, gold, and red.


Fall is sweaters with long sleeves

and blankets on the bed.


Fall is football,

Fall is pumpkins,

Fall's where summer ends.



Fall is coming back to school,

and seeing all my friends.



Brierly Ashour


When the goldenrod is yellow,

And leaves are turning brown -

Reluctantly the summer goes

In a cloud of thistledown.

When squirrels are harvesting

And birds in flight appear -

By these autumn signs we know

September days are here.



September is a time

Of beginning for all,

Beginning of school

Beginning of fall.





The breezes taste
     Of apple peel.
The air is full
     Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
     Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
     Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
     Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
     With suds, the days
Are polished with
     A morning haze.


John Updike




Goodbye vacation!

Hello to school!

Hello new classmates,

Goodbye old pool.

Vacation time's over,

School time is here,

Once more we welcome

Another school year.


Days In The Month

Thirty days has September,

April, June, and November;

All the rest have thirty-one,

Except February alone,

And that has 28 days clear

And 29 in each leap year.


Welcome back!

School's begun.

Time for work,

Time for fun.




From: The Other Side of the Door

Jeff Moss


The First Day Of School


Sarah and I think that the first day of school makes you feel like

everyone is staring at you all day long.

It's like they're looking at what you're wearing, and how you

comb your hair, and how much you've changed over the


They're listening to the way you talk and checking out whether

you're pretty cool or whether you're too full of yourself.

The teachers are looking to see if you're smart or not.

The coaches and gym instructors are looking to see who the

good athletes are.

Even the people who work in the cafeteria seem like they're

looking to see who eats all their lunch.

Sarah and I think the first day of school is like being onstage all

day with a big spotlight on you.

But then comes the second day and everything's back to normal

and nobody cares about all that stuff from yesterday and noth-

ing seems like such a big deal anymore.












Back-to-School Blues

by Bobbi Katz


Just wiggling my toes

in my brand new shoes.

Guess Ive got a case

of the back-to-school blues.

Shiny new notebook

with nothing inside it.

Feeling kind of scared

trying to hide it.

Whats waiting for me

behind a classroom door?

A brand new teacher

Ive never seen before!

Maybe shes a good one.

Maybe shes bad news.

Im just a-wiggling,

just a-jiggling

got those back-to-school blues.