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Preparing Children for Success in School and Life

Preparing Children for Success in School and Life
20 Ways to Increase Your Child’s Brain Power

Foreword by Eric Jensen

August 2011 | 208 pages | Corwin

Make sure your children grow dendrites!

As children's first teachers, parents need to provide a firm foundation for lifelong learning. In this new book, award-winning educator Marcia L. Tate provides a research-based road map for raising respectful, responsible children who achieve to their fullest potential. The best-selling author, mother, and grandmother shares brain-compatible strategies for guiding children toward personal, academic, and career success. Her latest book provides parents and caregivers with a wealth of practical tips and tools for:

  • Creating a calm and brain-compatible home environment
  • Incorporating positive physical contact and verbal communication
  • Encouraging play that develops creativity and imagination
  • Strengthening children's auditory, tactile, kinesthetic, and visual modes of learning

Preparing Children for Success in School and Life shows parents how to help children's brains "grow dendrites" in everyday ways such as telling them stories, using music to enhance memory, turning homework time into fun time, and allowing them freedom to draw and write. From day one through graduation and beyond, you and your family will reap the benefits of the author's 30+ years of experience with thousands of children.

Foreword by Eric Jensen
About the Author
Part One: Preparing Children for Success in Life
1. Develop a Relationship With Your Child
2. Hug, Rock, and Love Your Child
3. Surround Your Child With a Calming Environment
4. Give Your Child a Brain-Healthy Start
5. Talk To and With Your Child
6. Read To and With Your Child
7. Provide Opportunities for Creative Play
8. Teach Your Child Rules, Rituals, and Responsibility
9. Accentuate the Positive
10. Deemphasize the Negative
11. Identify Chronic Behavior and Mood Disorders
12. Expect the Best and Visualize Success
Part Two: Preparing Children for Success in School
13. Laugh and Have Fun; It's Good for You and Your Child
14. Stengthen Your Child's Auditory Mode of Learning
15. Strengthen Your Child's Visual Mode of Learning
16. Strengthen Your Child's Kinesthetic Mode of Learning
17. Strengthen Your Child's Tactile Mode of Learning
18. Make Memories With Music
19. Connect Content With Your Child's Life
20. Partner With Your Child's Teachers

“This book offers practical ideas for parents to facilitate children's growth as they mature and develop thinking skills, including how to best work with schools without taking over for them.”

Nic Cooper, Author of How to Keep Being a Parent...When Your Child Stops Being a Child
Baker College, Jackson, MI

“Written in a conversational style, the chapters flow and the information is cumulative. The author discovered the importance of the brain as it applies to learning and a successful life and then translated the information into an understandable text that is parent and teacher friendly. I love this book.”

Patricia Baker, Teacher
Mary Walter Elementary School, Fauquier County, VA

"After Dr. Tate presented 20 Ways to Increase Your Child’s Brain Power at our school, a father informed me he planned to re-paint his home because Dr. Tate spoke about how color influences children. How great is that? The parents were so excited about this interactive workshop! Many inquired if a date had been scheduled for Dr. Tate’s return visit."

Charlene Christian-Andrews, Staff Development Coordinator
Suffolk Public Schools, VA

"This book is an example of how powerful Marcia Tate’s brain-based strategies are when applied in the lives of our children. While targeting parents, her strategies are presented in a practical, down-to-earth manner that recognizes that parents are a child’s first and most enduring teachers."

Gina Humphries, Academically/Intellectually Gifted Coordinator
Catawba County Schools, Newton, NC

"Marcia Tate brings the same excitement for brain-compatible teaching strategies to parents that she has shown educators for years. She makes all of us—educators and parents alike—think about how we can help our students become successful in school and throughout their lives!"

Kathy Bowie, Curriculum Facilitator
McLeansville Elementary School, NC
Key features

· Focuses on how to create a brain-compatible home environment, including coverage of healthy and non-healthy practices during pregnancy; the importance of positive physical contact to healthy brain development; the impact of color, music, lighting, and aromas on the brain; the effects of verbal communication on brain development; research on the impact of reading aloud and discussing stories; the importance of play for developing creativity and imagination; and the impact of physical activity on healthy brain development.

· Offers numerous strategies for developing a proactive plan of self-discipline, including spending quality time with your child, being consistent, accentuating the positive, deemphasizing the negative, and identifying chronic behavior disorders.

· Explains how using successful teaching strategies, such as telling your child stories, using music to help your child remember, turning homework time into fun time, and allowing your child time to draw and write will all have a positive impact on your child's growth and capacity to build dendrites.

· Includes a parental action plan and contract to help parents make a commitment and follow through with strategy implementation

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