5 Ways to Get Your Kids Excited for the School Year
As the new school year approaches, the need to get your children excited about going back to school becomes greater. Each child is different in what school means to them, so it may be a struggle at times to get them truly looking forward to starting school again. However, there are a few ways to do just that. Once you’ve enrolled your child in a high-quality educational institution like AMS Schools you can implement the following tips to get your kid excited for the school year.
1. Shopping for Supplies Together
It makes sense for you to go shopping for your child’s school supplies based on what they’ve required in the past. In order to get your child involved and invested, consider getting them to play a bigger part in this. One idea is to ask your child to make a list of what they need for school. Not only does this get them started on thinking about the upcoming school days and being a bit more responsible, but it can also get their creative side going. A list never has to be boring, after all. If going all out with making this list gets your child excited for school, then by all means, encourage that creativity while also keeping their focus on school.
2. Set Various Goals
As the summer winds down, it can help to start setting some goals for your child to work towards. These goals can come in any shape or size. The main motivator is to give your child a sense of accomplishing something for themselves and for their education, even if it’s something as simple as organizing where they will be doing their homework. It also lets your child start to gain a more active mindset when it comes to getting ready for school, no matter what age they are. This can also tie into shopping for school supplies, in that one goal can be to check and see if their school offers a supply list for the new year, and if so, making sure they’re as ready as can be by following it.
We all love a good reward after we completed something we were proud of. Once your children have completed the goals you made together, it helps to reward them. Again, the way this reward shapes out doesn’t always have to be the same. For example, there are tangible and intangible rewards you could give your children, depending on what goal it is they’ve completed. As long as it keeps their focus on school and feeling good about what they’re accomplishing for their classes, then it is a job well done.The central idea to remember when rewarding your children is to show them you’re proud of what they’re doing to get ready for the school year. This definitely helps them get excited about school because, if you are showing them how proud you are, they will have pride in what they do too. Not to mention, they will want to continue to feel good about what they accomplish, so they will want to keep doing that good job they’ve been doing all along.
4. “When am I Going to Use This?”
At one point or another, your child has asked you this age-old question. It can be difficult to tell them exactly how they will (or won't) be using something later on in life that they’re learning about today. Plus, as adults, you do know the fact that not every piece of knowledge you learned in school ends up being applied to your life today.One way to answer this question without simply telling your kids they’re going to need everything, and without saying not everything they learn is important, is to show them how what they’re learning matters right now. Maybe it does play out that what your child learns in their 1st-grade social studies class doesn’t come up when they’re an adult, but it certainly matters in their life today because it relates to their other classes and their understanding of the world in general. There are places outside of school that you can find to apply what your child learned to give them that deeper meaning. That way, your children will see that what they learn really can have a use outside of the classroom, and even gets them excited to learn more.
5. Taking a Break
School shouldn’t be nonstop work for you or for your children. If you can get burnt out so can your kids, so it’s important to make sure there are breaks in between to give them a rest. However, those breaks can still tie right back into school and can help get them excited to continue the academic day. Some examples of taking a break can be with extracurricular activities. See what your child is interested in, be it sports or music, or clubs that they are excited about. By nurturing your child’s interest in these activities at school, it helps them feel like they are part of their school’s community with their peers. It also helps get them rested while still accomplishing something they’re proud of, so when it’s time to get back to class, they’re feeling energetic and excited to return.
Ready and Excited to Learn
With going to school, you want your children to feel like they are doing something exciting rather than getting out of bed each day to complete a chore. With these tips, you have some ways in which you can get your child focused on school in a positive way because there is something they want to do. Maybe they enjoy the fact that they can relate what they learn outside of the classroom, or they really look forward to learning an instrument. Regardless, they don’t feel like they’re just being told what to do, but rather going back to school becomes something they really want to do.