It’s a sure sign that summer is coming to an end when you start seeing all the Back to School sales. Many of the kids are looking forward to returning to school to see their friends and take part in school activities. And in a non-scientific straw poll 9 out of 10 parents were also looking forward to their children returning to school.
Back to School Fun Facts
So as we take a more humorous look at this time of year, we have found some Back to School Fun Facts and Jokes that you can impress your children with, even if they don’t seem to care.
- The Boston Latin School is the oldest public school in the United States founded in 1635. Five signers of the Declaration of Independence attended the school including Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, Samuel Adams and William Hopper.
- Around 480,000 yellow school buses carry 25 million children to and from school every day.
- A standard pencil has enough graphite to write roughly 45,000 words or draw a line 35 miles long. This fact has yet to be tested.
- Before the invention of erasers, breadcrumbs were used to erase mistakes.
- The largest high school in America has over 8,000 students. It is Morton High School in Berwyn-Cicero, Ill. The East Campus has over 6,000 students, and it is a co-op high school.
- 67% of kids like school.
- High school was not really a part of school until the 1930s. Before then most Americans only completed eight years of school. This changed during the Great Depression when many communities had little work to offer. They figured that keeping teenagers in the classrooms would keep them out of the work force, and therefore not compete with adults who required higher pay than a teen would.
- And here’s one every Hoosier basketball fan already knows. Indiana has 9 of the top ten largest high school gymnasiums in America.
Back to School Jokes
If you need a little levity to get your children smiling (or groaning), try these Back to School jokes on them.
Q: What school supply is always tired? A: A knapsack!
Kid: I think we need a new teacher.
Mom: Why is that?
Kid: Our teacher doesn’t know anything; she keeps asking us for the answers.
Mom: What did you learn today?
Kid: Not enough. I have to go back tomorrow.
Q: What kind of tree does a math teacher climb? A: Geometry
Kid: Today my teacher yelled at me for something I didn’t do.
Mom: What was that? Kid: My homework!
For the Reluctant Returnee
On a little more serious note: For many younger children the return to school is non-eventful, but for some it can be a time of uncertainty and a little scary. Go to our blog post from last year at Back to School Tips for suggestions on how to get your child ready to return to school.
We also found an article that has ideas on how to help young teens transition into middle school at Middle School Transition.