5 Movies To Get Your Kids Pumped for Back to School


The school year is approaching. Is your child dreading it? If so, check out this list of five movies that will get your little student excited to go back to school.

For parents, back to school season is an exciting and stressful time. One thing that makes the approaching school year much easier? A kid who's excited to get back to school. Even if your child isn't looking forward to the end of summer vacation, these five films will help any kid get pumped up for back to school.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The first and lightest film in the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone does a great job of associating the educational environment with magic, excitement, and fun. Even though your child (probably) won't be attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry come September, he or she will still walk away from a screening of this film associating a sense of adventure with the school setting.

A school band plays their instruments

School of Rock

School of Rock stars Jack Black as an over-the-top substitute teacher who forms a band of students to compete in a Battle of the Bands competition. The inspiring comedy shows how participating in music and being encouraged by a kind teacher can help students build confidence and overcome insecurities. This film might not only make your child excited to go back to school, but also want to join band, a win-win for any parent hoping their kid might join an extracurricular activity.

Note that School of Rock is rated PG-13.

Sky High

Sky High is a Disney movie about a high school for teenagers with superpowers. The film's protagonist, Will Stronghold, struggles with feelings of inadequacy as, at the start of the film, he has yet to show any sign of developing super abilities. The film touches on topics of bullying, insecurity, popularity, friendship, and being true to oneself. In addition to imparting valuable lessons, it's also fun and campy and colorful, sure to be a hit with your child.

A young girl in glasses reads a book


Matilda is a fantastic movie for young students. Its protagonist, Matilda, a precocious girl who loves to read, is a great role model for any child. The film tells the story of how Matilda and her kind teacher, Miss Honey, fight for her education in the face of adversity. It extols the virtues of intelligence, academic achievement, kindness, and perseverance. If the movie makes your child excited to read, like it does for us, you can start with the Roald Dahl book the film is based off of.

A young girl participates in a spelling bee

Akeelah and the Bee

With its inspirational message and themes of class and race, Akeelah and the Bee is a great film for children and adults alike. Like Matilda, Akeelah and the Bee portrays academic pursuits as worthwhile and valuable and even praises studying. It's also a great way to start the conversation with your child about important social issues. Don't be surprised if your student starts taking his or her spelling tests more seriously after viewing this one.

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By Daisy Rogozinsky
August 2018
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