How to get the kids excited about going back to school

The summer holidays are a big break from school. The kids haven’t been to school for six whole weeks and are well and truly out of routine. And the prospect of going back to school isn’t appealing because they’ve had lots of fun with friends and family during the holidays. So how do you get the kids excited about going back to school?

A new year

The first thing I always say to LP, my youngest, is he’s going into a new year - the next year up. This year he’s starting Year 5 - which means it won’t be long until he’ll be one of the oldest in the school. He likes that because he’s excited to start new maths challenges and can’t wait to get stuck in to the new work he’ll have to do - he likes to be challenged. 

We don't stop going to school when we graduate. 

Carol Burnett

Before your children go back to school talk to them about the kinds of things they might be doing when they go back. Be sure to mention all the things they enjoy and how they will learn new things too.


Friends are a big deal to kids and not seeing their friends for six weeks can often feel like a lifetime. They may have seen some friends over the holidays but they certainly won’t have seen all of them. In the run up to back-to-school time I talk about which friends they’re most looking forward to seeing again. It gets them both talking and looking forward to seeing people they’ve missed.

A row of people's feet standing on a bed of browning leaves.

New gear

Shopping trips - while sometimes boring for the kids are a time when they may get excited. They get to pick out new school bags, lunch bags or boxes, new shoes, and maybe even new stationery. My boys love going shopping for a new school year and look forward to getting home and sorting out all of their new stationery. It helps get them motivated to be back at school too because I tell them they can’t use their new things until they’re back at school.

A new teacher

Sometimes, particularly in Primary school, your child gets a new teacher when they start a new year. This happens less in High School. But talking to your child about a new teacher, about how they can make a good impression and learn what the new teacher likes, can get them excited. It’s also a great way of talking through any reservations or worries they may have about changing teachers.

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning. 

Brad Henry

I have found it quite easy to get LP excited about going back to school, BP on the other hand is a little more difficult - he’s a teenager

Lunch plan

Last year we started using a thermos for LP's lunch at school, he likes being able to take a hot lunch to school with him. This year I'll be talking to him about what kinds of things he's going to want to eat. I may even try to convince him to try new things.

A toasted sandwich on a brown plate - a blue background.

It's always a lovely idea to get the kids involved in the back-to-school planning, it gets them prepared and lets them know that they'll soon be back at school without you actually saying the words. 

How to get the kids excited about going back to school

Do you talk to your children about going back to school?

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