Get stu­dents ex­cited about school, learn­ing

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In a per­fect world, all chil­dren would be en­thu­si­as­tic about start­ing a new school year.

But in the real world, some will be re­luc­tant, ner­vous or an­noyed about ex­chang­ing their sum­mer fun for the class­room. How do you get kids mo­ti­vated about go­ing back to school? Set an ex­am­ple

Off to work? If you act grumpy about the day ahead of you, your kids will take your cue. Over break­fast, be pos­i­tive and up­beat.

If your kids have ap­pre­hen­sions about school, their friends or af­ter-school ac­tiv­i­ties, talk to them in a con­struc­tive way about what’s both­er­ing them.

At din­ner, re­mem­ber to check in with them again. Tell them about what you did that day and ask them about what they learned. Make it fun

Cool school sup­plies can in­spire your kids to stay or­ga­nized and mo­ti­vated. Think col­or­ful and cheer­ful de­signs and per­son­al­ized back-to-school sup­plies, which can give kids a sense of own­er­ship and pride over their school work.

For ex­am­ple, MyChron­i­cleBook, cre­ates fold­ers, jour­nals, spi­ral note­books and even stick­ers that can be cus­tom­ized with names and school sub­jects.

To foster af­ter-school learn­ing, think­ing, doo­dling and dream­ing, con­sider per­son­al­ized Ivy and Bean jour­nals. Go the ex­tra mile

En­cour­age your kids to do more than just go to school and come home.

It’s in their art classes, on the bas­ket­ball court and play­ing in the con­cert band where they will dis­cover tal­ents and in­ter­ests they didn’t know they have.

Ex­tracur­ric­u­lar and af­ter-school ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vide a great so­cial out­let for kids and are where some of the best mem­o­ries of school days are made.

If the school doesn’t have pro­grams that in­ter­est your child, in­ves­ti­gate oth- Cus­tom­ize lunch

Add a lit­tle flair to lunch­room drudgery.

Re­mem­ber to al­ways pack a fa­vorite snack or dessert. From pi­rates and princesses to di­nosaurs and trains, ditch the pa­per bag in fa­vor of a lunch box fea­tur­ing your chil­dren’s in­ter­ests. And per­son­al­iz­ing the lunch box with their names can help pre­vent lost lunch mishaps.

Statepoint photo /The Conving­ton News

Per­son­al­ized school sup­plies and lunch boxes help stu­dents to get ex­cited about re­turn­ing to school.

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