Toddlerhood & Pre-School 1
Instead of throwing all of your time and resources into sending your child to a pre-K that will prepare him for an education at some school he may never desire to attend, try giving your toddler some freedom.
- Let your child play independently and with as few limitations as possible as much and for however long he wants. Independent play builds confidence, fosters creativity and security and teaches problem solving, among other things--all skills he will need to be successful in college.
- And don't forget to read to your child daily, from birth. Reading will benefit your baby developmentally while instilling a love for books from an early age, which will build skills that help teens do well on standardized tests.
Elementary School 2
Again, your goals should be building confidencing and establishing a love for learning.
- Help your child master basic reading, writing and math skills in a fun way. With a solid foundation in the basics of learning, he will feel capable and is likely to approach new subjects with gusto, rather than feeling intimidated.
- Help your child try out various hobbies and start to get a feel for what she enjoys and what her unique interests are.
- Start talking to your child in a casual manner about what high school and college are, and what they mean for her future.
Middle School 3
Now's the time to really start planting seeds.
- Talk to your kids about how important it is to focus on their studies and achieve good grades going into high school. If they don't do well in middle school, they may be put on a less challenging track in high school, which will affect how they are perceived by college admissions representatives.
- Encourage your children to focus on a few of their favorite hobbies and extracurriculars, so that they can improve their skills in those areas in time for high school which is usually much more competitive academically and athletically.
- Take your kids on day trips to university towns. It will help build some excitement about the future and help keep the goal of attending and graduating college at the forefronts of their minds.