7 Tips for Getting Kids Excited About Back to School

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7 Tips for Getting Kids Excited About Back to School

All things school have officially taken over our household! New clothes, prepped backpacks, updated supplies—everywhere you turn is a sign that another year of learning is here. And with the new school year, I’ve been brainstorming ways to get everyone ready, from saving money while shopping to making sure each one of my kids are feeling healthy and happy. But let’s face it, school can be scary. A new year means new classes, new homework…new friends, even. And while it’s a chance to start fresh, it can also feel intimidating or nerve-racking. If your kids are feeling anxious about heading back to school, I’m sharing some back-to-school tips that always help me with getting my kids excited about the new year.

The tradition of giving a teacher an apple goes back to 16th century Denmark, where teachers didn’t earn enough for food so parents would send their children to school with an apple for them.

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Schedule a Meetup With Friends

For some kids, back to school means back to seeing their friends on a daily basis. But for others, it can be a source of anxiety wondering if they’ll still be friends with the same kids, if they’ll be in the same class, or if they’ll make new friends easily. To combat this, talk to your kids about their closest friends and plan a fun, end-of-summer outing to give them a chance to reconnect before the school year.

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Involve Them in Back-to-School Shopping

Hot Tip: Back-to-School shopping doesn’t have to stress you out! In fact, your kids can be the most amazing assistants you didn’t know you needed. Let them create a list of the essentials they need—specific supplies, books, etc—and have them join you when you go shopping. Let them pick out a few special things, whether it’s a backpack or color folders or notebooks, to involve them in the process and get them excited about using their new stuff!

High school was not mandatory 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, and needed to keep children out of the competitive workforce longer. 

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Re-Decorate Their Homework Space

Let’s face it, homework isn’t the most fun activity around. But you can help your kids get excited about doing homework by ensuring that there is a designated space just for them to work on their schoolwork. Whether it’s a desk in their room or a special area in the living room, create a space that’s imaginative, reflective of their personality and just for them.

Approximately two-thirds of all children, or 66.7 percent, like school.

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Share Your Love for Learning

Our kids—especially the little ones—follow by example. I love to talk to them about what they’re learning in class, but more importantly, I love to talk about my school experience. Whether it’s things I struggled with, my favorite classes, or books I loved, I think it’s so important to share our love for learning with our kids.

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Get Them Involved

School can be both an incredibly social experience and a lonely experience. If your babe is shy or worried about meeting new friends, consider getting them involved in after-school activities. Whether it’s sports, clubs, or volunteer opportunities, it’s a great way to meet other students and keep them busy.

The oldest public school in the United States is the Boston Latin School, which was founded in 1635. Attendees included Benjamin Franklin and John Hancock.

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Create Balance

Try not to overload them! As they progress in their school year, their workload increases and causes stress. Keep the communication open to ensure they’re still enjoying their after-school activities and feel on-top of homework. If not? Consider adjusting the schedule to find more balance and give them some downtime.

About one in every 12 children ages 6-11 will have to repeat a grade, while more than one in 10 kids ages 12-17 will repeat at least one grade.

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Talk, Talk, Talk

It seems like a no brainer, but if you know your kid is feeling stressed, try to get them to talk! By pinpointing what it is that’s making them nervous, it’s so much easier to help them overcome that fear. Sometimes the best thing we can do as a parent is to simply listen to our children and give them a hug.

Today, 100 percent of US public schools have internet access, compared to 50 percent in 1995. There is currently one computer for every four classrooms.

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