Interested in being a Prepared parent?
The Prepared approach helps kids build skills through real-world learning, self direction, positive relationships, and collaboration. But figuring out how to develop these habits in our children is a challenge for all of us.
Prepared Parents makes bringing this approach into your home as simple as possible. We take common parenting situations and — based on leading psychology and research and learnings from nearly two decades of working with thousands of students — offer a set of tools and activities you can build into your daily life.
Consistency and repetition are key to building new habits
Use the Tips and Tools in the Prepared Parents Back-to-School Guide to set your kid up for learning as you map it out, start well, find your stride, and power through.
Use the Student-to-Teacher Letter to help your kid reflect on their learning and get prepared for the new school year. The questions and prompts will give a glimpse into how your kid sees themselves while also helping their teacher understand how to interact and encourage your kid in the new school year.
Use the Parent-to-Teacher Letter to flip the script on the parent-teacher conference. Share your family’s stay-at-home schooling experience with your kid’s teacher. Use the letter to elaborate on the skills and habits your kid developed and the challenges you see them still facing. As parents, our new perspective into our children as learners is an open door to a partnership with teachers moving forward—because we’re in this together.
Integrate Check-In / Check-Out
Start the day with a Check-In and end it with a Check-Out. Check-In / Check-Out helps build routine into your family’s day, which fosters connectivity, aids in the development of academic and social skills, and boosts health and wellness. Use Check-In / Check-Out to get grounded, talk about feelings, share gratitude, and learn from takeaways of the day.
Discover your kid's INGs
An ING is something your kid likes doING. INGs help your kid find and explore new interests and could even lead to pursuing those interests more seriously. Use the INGs Tool to help your kid find and dig deeper into their INGs.
Nurture curiosity with Expose, Explore, Pursue
Use Expose, Explore, Pursue to help get your kids from curiosity to pursuit and purpose. Expose them to new opportunities, Explore the ones that spark interest, and Pursue the ones that could be deep passions.
Help your kid set & achieve goals
Goal-setting is an essential skill that helps people of all ages pursue interests, develop universal skills, find purpose, and contribute to the world around them. Help your kid set and achieve goals with the Self-Directed Learning Cycle, whether those goals be around homework, passion projects, or individual responsibilities. Transform micro-management into self-direction.
Create real-world learning projects
Real-world projects are activities that engage your kids in hands-on experiences. Learn how to create real-world projects at home to help your kids develop new skills and habits, retain learning longer, and follow their innate curiosity. Turn anything into a project, from schoolwork to family trip planning to chores.