Simple Tips To Get Kids Excited To Go Back To School

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This summer seems like it has flown by!

We have been so busy making memories that school starting again just sneaked up on us! That’s okay though, because our girls all LOVE going to school…especially Emmy. To make sure that we are all excited and ready for this new year, we have learned some simple tips that have now turned into back to school traditions for us!


The first thing we do is to include them in all of the preparations. From picking out their school supplies, to planning the food they will bring in their lunch boxes. We have learned that the back to school experience is always better when they are comfortable with their supplies. Each child is so different too, so what works for one might not work for the other. When they are part of the shopping process, they are sure to get the best things for them. Emmy was so excited by all the different types of pencils that BIC has. She gets that from me. I can’t have enough mechanical pencils! The BIC® Velocity® Side Clic™ Mechanical Pencil was Emmy’s favorite one and BIC’s newest Velocity pencil with convenient button on the grip for quick lead advance!

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Our other big tip is to talk about, share, and write how they are feeling and what they are looking forward to in the coming school year. These don’t have to be goals per se, but just a fun way of getting excited about what is to come. I always love their responses so we’ve started writing down what we talk about.

This year we are incorporating some talking prompts from BIC as we share their really great scholarship contest!  Here are all the details:

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Ashley and I spent an afternoon with Emmy talking about the new school year. She picked out some new pencils and then we all sat down, and Emmy shared some fun thoughts she has about school! We chose to have her print these out herself because handwriting is important and has numerous emotional and cognitive benefits for children. It is also an essential part of a child’s education, and helps them express their creativity and develop their best self! Research shows that handwriting promotes critical thinking, reading comprehension, fine motor skills development, creativity, and even self-confidence. Plus, it is just fun to do! 

We asked her the following questions:

1. What would you do if you were principal for the day?

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2. What are you looking forward to the most this school year?

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3. What is your favorite subject?

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4. What is your favorite activity at recess?

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We were all cracking up over her answers! In addition to these getting her thinking about and excited for back to school time, they are also going to be dear memories that I will cherish forever!

How do you get your kids excited to go back to school?

Heather Reese
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Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog It's a Lovely Life®! In addition to traveling 150+ days a year, she also helps new bloggers build successful blogging businesses.


  • Great tips for sure! My kids are so excited to start back to school (so am I) it has been a long summer 🙂

  • Going back to school shopping for supplies and clothes always got me excited for the new year. I had to have just the right outfit for the first day.

  • What a fun idea! My boys aren’t looking forward to going back to school but maybe if we did this it might get them more excited to go back in a few weeks!

  • Getting the kids involved in all the back to school prep makes them even more excited especially when you take them shopping! I like the tips that you have here, they are definitely effective!

  • LOL… Such a wonderful kid. Couldn’t help but laugh at her response to those questions. So summer is all gone, but when did it started? huh?… Thanks for sharing this.

  • While I know some children are not excited to go to school every day, I will say that these tips can definitely help! Being enthusiastic about their education will definitely help them do the same. Thank you for sharing these tips!

  • My children have mixed feelings about going back to school, but mostly feel positive and excited for another year ahead. I think fun writing prompts like these are a great way to set the tone.

  • Back to school time. Always in need of the best spot to find things we need. My son is starting kindergarten this year and he is happy to go.

  • I love the BIC products! They’re the best. My girls are always excited to go back to school. They love school!

  • These are some great tips! My oldest is starting school in early September and I’m looking forward to her going back!

  • What great tips!!!!! Back to school time is such a fun time of year. My daughter is young enough that she still gets excited for school to start!

  • I can see the excitement on her face! She is so adorable, back to school can be this exciting!

  • My youngest is entering 1st grade at a new school, and she’s super excited. This is the first time she got to shop for school supplies, so she just can’t wait for school to start.

  • Wow, I love these stuff so as my stepkids. I am so sure that schooling can be this exciting!!!

  • I could get interested in going back to school if cute pens/pencils were involved! I have to admit, I look forward to the back-to-school items showing up in the stores. This year I found plaid batteries. Who knew you could color-coordinate batteries to the rest of your school supplies. They made me smile.

  • Fantastic tips, I always loved new stationary it always smelt like success and motivation for some reason. Being a principal for a say sounds fun.

  • This is a great idea to get the kids excited for back to school and these are all great questions to ask a child as well. My kids always loved going back to school so I didn’t have to get them ready. I do know shopping for school supplies and clothes always helped.

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