Note: this entry is part of a series called "The Making of College Bound". Click here to read the series-to-date.
Recently we shared a sample tip from College Bound — our new online program designed to help parents raise college-ready high school graduates. Since the start of the school year we've been testing a beta version of College Bound with parents of kindergartners, and this week we'd like to tell you a little bit more about what’s in the kindergarten beta. Research shows that when parents support their children's education, teach them to aim high, and help them develop success-oriented character traits, they boost their kids' chances of success. We’ve built six topics with that goal in mind:
In The ABCs of kindergarten learning, we ask first-graders to demonstrate the skills they learned in kindergarten so parents can identify how well their children are progressing through the school year.
A positive attitude toward school will support a kindergartner all year long. In Nurture a love of learning, we show parents three simple, but effective ways to talk to their children and help them want to learn.
Recently more and more has been written about self-discipline, self-control, and self-regulation — and how they are related to success in school. But did you know that self-control can be taught? And it can begin in early childhood. Learning self-control shows parents an easy, and perhaps surprising, way to foster self-control in their children.
A parent's most important ally at school is her child’s instructor. By completing Partnering with your child's teacher, our moms and dads will be better prepared to establish this relationship for their children's school success.
In The road to reading, we break down the five fundamental building blocks of reading and provide specific activities that parents can do with their children to incorporate them into every day play.
To teach parents the five building blocks of early math, Math every day outlines the key skills and standards that children should learn in kindergarten. Then we show parents some playful ways to teach these skills.
As you can see, parenting for education success doesn't have to be a chore! College Bound inspires and guides parents to turn normal, everyday activities into opportunities for their children to learn and grow. As one of our parents enrolled in our beta put it, "College Bound gives me things for me and my daughter to do together. And at the same time, I'm teaching her. Now I know how to do it, I do it more!"