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9 Movies to Ease the Transition from Summer to Student

The new kid as school overcome his propensity for vomiting in order to stand up to the classroom bully in the movie How to Eat Fried Worms.

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Going back to school at Hogwarts wasn’t always easy for Harry Potter. But wizards aren’t the only ones that can feel a little nervous about heading back to the classroom or starting a new school. But these fun school movies—about the challenges other kids have faced—can help make the transition from summer to student a whole lot easier.

“Wizards aren't the only ones that can feel a little nervous about heading back to the classroom”

It may be hard for your children to realize there was a time when computers were massive machines that only institutions could afford. However after a freak electrical storm, college student Dexter Riley suddenly becomes a walking encyclopedia in the 1969 Disney movie The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes.

Unless your child goes to a very unique educational institution it isn’t likely that people will be breaking out in song in the middle of the hallway. But that is what happens when the captain of the basketball team and an academically astute student discover they have vocal talents as well in High School Musical.

Jack Black plays every parents worst nightmare when it comes to substitute teachers. After somehow wangling himself into a classroom as a temporary sub, he proceeds to throw the books out the window and forms his students into a musical band for an upcoming competition in the movie The School of Rock.

A new school year can mean student body elections—that moment when aspiring politicians run for office. Two students take on the challenge of campaigning in You’re Not Elected Charlie Brown and Napoleon Dynamite.

Starting a new school can be even more frightening. But one boy makes a name for himself after he takes a bet to eat ten juicy wigglers in the movie How to Eat Fried Worms. Greg Heffley discovers that junior high can be a rough ride when he begins seventh grade in the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Madeline tells the story of a little orphan who lives in a Paris boarding school run by nuns. This film rises above the common fare for children and is a rare gem of a movie that combines warmth and imagination without the usual comedic violence found in children’s movies.


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