If you haven’t yet taken your kids to see Disney and Pixar’s Monsters University, go now! It is adorable, and of course, after the show, my kids had a million questions about college. I suddenly realized that even though college is still 14 plus years away for them, I need to start preparing them now.
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So how do you start preparing your kids for college?
It is never too early to start talking to your kids about higher learning. My dad’s continual harping about going to college was an itch I couldn’t scratch fast enough. He didn’t attend college and it was a decision he’s regretted his entire life. Despite my eye-rolling at his diatribes, the point stuck. I attended Utah State University where I got a degree in English teaching and Physical Education.
College was one of the best phases of my life and I want my kids to know how important it is. In today’s tumultuous economy, getting a higher education is not only important, it is essential. So when do you start preparing your kids for college? Now.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
A great way to start the conversation about college is to ask the classic question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As of yesterday, my four-year-old daughter wanted to be a “dance and book teacher” and my two-year-old son wanted to work at the zoo. Whatever ages your children are, talk to them about their dreams for the future often, because they will change. Make sure they understand the connection between their dream job, and the education it takes to achieve it. So your child wants to be a firefighter? Instead of just saying, “Sure, great idea,” have a conversation about the training a firefighter needs to have.
Visit a local college campus.
When it comes learning, a memorable hands-on experience can be the best teacher. Take your kids to a local college campus. Have a picnic on the grounds, explore buildings, or attend a sporting event. Let them ask questions.
We spent an afternoon at Boise State University and my kids had a blast exploring!
Get the gear.
Around these parts, if you go out in public on a game day without Boise State gear, you are either pegged for an outsider or a party-pooper. We have absolutely loved joining the throngs of fanatic BSU fans around town. Our kids love cheering for the Broncos at basketball and football games. My son can’t wait to be a football player and my daughter, a “Ra-ra!” By doing this, we are showing our little ones early on that college is a fun event to look forward to in their lives.
Gotta love that blue turf!
Prepare their minds and bodies.
Learning how to succeed in school comes down to learning how to work. Help your kids exercise their brains by offering opportunities that are difficult for them. Our brains thrive on challenge. For younger ones, this could mean doing puzzles and other thinking games.
My little ones love the puzzle What Comes Next? from Trend enterprises, Inc. It helps kids master the concept of sequencing and is just challenging enough without frustrating them. They love seeing the order of events from a monkey eating a banana, to building an ice cream sundae.
We had a lovely picnic on the BSU grounds. They could’ve stayed there all day playing that puzzle!
Babies can even start exercising their brains with engaging toys.
For older children, encourage them to take challenging classes and attempt things that are hard for them. Motivate them to try new things. Teach them the importance of studying and working toward their goals. Rejoice in their successes!
Nourishing their bodies is just as important as their brains. I love that Juicy Juice provides kids with at least one full serving of fruit and 100% of their USDA recommended Vitamin C. That’s great, because my kids guzzle it down in the hot summer months and the juice boxes are so convenient to take to parks and other fun outings!
Read, read, read!
It’s no surprise that literacy and educational success are closely connected. In a 2003 article in Principal magazine, the authors conclude that the more children read, the greater their vocabulary and the better their cognitive skills. If you want your prepare your children for higher education, and for life, then read to them like it’s your job! Even when you’ve read Where the Wild Things Are for the hundredth time, read it again. If you can foster a love of reading in your child early on, you will give them a skill that will help them their whole life long. For older kids, encourage reading by being interested in what they are reading. Read the same books along with them so you can have lively discussions.
Start saving now.
College is expensive. So are trade schools and specialty schools. Give your child a head start by saving right now. Most banks offer free savings accounts for children which you can call a college savings fund. My kids each have a special savings account and every time they get money as gifts, instead of buying more toys, I deposit that money into their savings accounts. It’s not a lot now, but over time it will build. When they get a little older, we can involve them in saving for their futures. Teaching kids to save is a valuable life skill and will also show them that an education is important.
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