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Storytime: Back to School | Atomic Bee Ranch

Storytime: Back to School

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Storytime is a series that you can use to get your homeschool day going. If you don’t open with a circle time (we don’t), keep it in your back pocket for one of those days when you need something to fill 20-30 minutes or when you want an enriching activity but don’t want to plan anything yourself. See this post for more detailed information about the series. 

Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom, as a printable/downloadable pdf version of the storytime is available there. 

Back to School

Opening Song

“If You’re Ready for a Story”

Sung to the tune “If You’re Happy and You Know It”

If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands.

If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands.

If you’re ready for a story, if you’re ready for a story,

If you’re ready for a story clap your hands.

(nod your head, sit so still)


School’s First Day by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson

  • Be sure to open out cover and show the wrap around cover art
  • Look at the end papers
  • Talk about what is happening on the title/dedication spread

Finger Play

“Two Little Houses”

Two little houses closed up tight (hold up two closed fists)

Open up the windows to let in the light (open fists)

Ten little finger people tall and straight (wiggle fingers)

Ready for school at half past eight (walk fingers along arm)

Alphabet Game

Read LMNO Peas written and illustrated by Keith Baker

  • Before you begin reading, explain that you will be looking for letters that start the names of people in your family. 
  • Write their names out on a piece of paper or whiteboard.

Flannel Board

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons written by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean

Goodbye Song

Teach the signs for “good bye” (waving right hand goodbye by folding fingers up and down) and “friends” (touch tips of pointer fingers together). Sing through twice.

“Good Bye Friends”

Sung to the tune “Frere Jacques” 

Good bye, friends.

Good bye, friends.

Good bye, friends.

It’s time to say goodbye.

Click here to download the Back to School Storytime

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