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31 questions that will pump your kids up for school

As the old school year ends, a new school year is just around the corner. It seems you either dread it, or embrace it. For those who embrace it, a new school year is ripe with possibility and opportunities for growth and exploration. A new grade with new friends to make, new topics to learn about, new abilities to test.

Why not prepare your child for success by helping them frame next year in a positive light? Encourage them to look forward to achieving goals they set for themselves both in and out of the classroom. And don’t leave all the anticipation to the kids! It’s also a great time of year to set your own goals. 

 

For kids:

  1. What I’m most looking forward to in my new grade at school…
  2. On the playground, I want to…
  3. This school year, I want to join…
  4. In gym class, my goal is to…
  5. At lunch and recess, I hope to…
  6. When it comes to homework, a new thing I want to try is…
  7. Next year at school, I want to become known for…
  8. The person I would like to get to know better…
  9. Before I finish the next grade, I would like to be able to…

 

For tweens and teens:

  1. What will be great about being a (grade/year in school) is…
  2. A school activity I would like to experience for the first time next year is (dance, game, performance, etc.)...
  3. I think I’m ready to take on…
  4. I would like to hang out more with…
  5. At lunch next year, I hope to…
  6. Next year at school, I want to become known for…
  7. The club/team I plan to check out or try out for is…
  8. When it comes to schoolwork, I’d like to try…
  9. Over winter or spring break, it would be great to…
  10. Before the next school year ends, my goal is to… 

 

For parents (goals for your child):

  1. My hopes for my child next school year include…
  2. The practical life skill (setting the table, making a grocery list, etc.) I would like to work on teaching my child next year is…
  3. By the end of the next school year, I would like my child to…

 

Goals for adults:

  1. To learn more next year, the book I plan to read or course I want to take…
  2. Someone I could consider becoming a mentor or role model to…
  3. Another parent, co-worker, or neighbor I would like to work on building a closer friendship with in the coming months…
  4. When it comes to volunteering, next school year I would like to…

 

For families:

  1. On a weekend, we would like to try…
  2. A family we would like to invite to hang out with us…
  3. At least once a week/once a month our goal is to…
  4. Together we want to learn… 

 

Writing a school year goals list not only builds hope for what will come in the school year, it also creates a sense of purpose and encourages kids to push themselves to reach their targets. Plus, talking through these prompts with your child allows you to learn what’s important to them, what concerns them, and who they see themselves becoming. It’s a chance for growing closer and an opportunity for you to show your support.

Given a list of September-to-June goals, when the school year ends, you’ll have more to celebrate than the grades on their report cards! 

 

Lara is a parenting journalist and mom of three girls.

 

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