Kids Share Their Best Back-To-School Advice for Every Grade

Aliyah, 3rd-grade alum
Melanie Acevedo
Who's really in the know on what makes a successful school year? Kids! We asked them to share insider insights with their peers. And we've got A+ advice for parents on how to navigate the sticky subjects of education today.
Melanie Acevedo
Melanie Acevedo

Noah, 2nd-grade alum

"First-graders don't do a lot of subtraction, but in second grade you do."

Melanie Acevedo
Melanie Acevedo

Olivia, preschool alum

"Don't draw on the table. Just ask the teacher for paper."

Melanie Acevedo
Melanie Acevedo

Emperor, preschool alum

"Leave your jacket and bag in your cubby. But if you forget something in your backpack, you can go back to your cubby and get it later."

Melanie Acevedo
Melanie Acevedo

Quimby, kindergarten alum

"Math class is fun when you get to count out loud with the teacher. You can count all the way to 120 in kindergarten."

Melanie Acevedo
Melanie Acevedo

Marjana, 2nd-grade alum

"You get more homework than you did in first grade, but you get to do fun stuff like measuring things. I didn't know a foot was 12 inches. I thought it was a lot longer."

Melanie Acevedo
Melanie Acevedo

Julian, kindergarten alum

"The teacher may try to fool you. During a lesson she'll say the wrong answer to a math problem, like 2+2=500. But you'll know the real answer and get to yell out 'no!'"

Melanie Acevedo
Melanie Acevedo

Shuiling and Meiling, 3rd-grade alums

Shuiling: "We sometimes have 'twin day' at school, when you can dress like someone else."

Meiling: "We always choose each other."

Melanie Acevedo
Melanie Acevedo

Owen, preschool alum

"In Pre-K you'll learn the days of the week. There's a song that tells you what day it is. School starts on Mondays and the weekends are the best."

You may be wondering what to expect of the new school year. Here's back-to-school advice for grades K to 5 from moms who've been there.

Melanie Acevedo
Melanie Acevedo

Emma, 1st-grade alum

"You have to spell things the right way when you write stories, but if you don't know how to spell a word you can always ask your teacher."

Melanie Acevedo
Melanie Acevedo

Seth, 1st-grade alum

"There are no toys in the first-grade classroom. Instead, there are books you can read if you finish the 'do now' problem early."

Melanie Acevedo
Melanie Acevedo

Galaxy, 1st-grade alum

"You'll go on fun trips in first grade. I went on a bus with my teacher and friends to see a play."

Melanie Acevedo
Melanie Acevedo

Jaiden, 5th-grade alum

"You can do amazing things in extracurricular activities too. I got my green belt in karate."

Melanie Acevedo
Melanie Acevedo

Siena, 5th-grade alum

"You might get to dissect something cool. We did owl pellets. We found a rat skull, teeth, and claws. It doesn't smell bad -- just kind of like tea bags."

Melanie Acevedo
Melanie Acevedo

Amarie, kindergarten alum

"On the first day you might see all new faces in class, but then you'll see some faces of friends from Pre-K too and feel happy."

Melanie Acevedo
Melanie Acevedo

Declan, 4th-grade alum

"You might be able to climb to the top of the rope in gym class in fourth grade like I did. You'll be stronger this year than you were before."

Melanie Acevedo
Melanie Acevedo

Aliyah, 3rd-grade alum

"When you play dodgeball, it's more fun to hit somebody with the ball than to be hit by the ball."

 

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