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

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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...

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Overview

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.

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Publishers Weekly
Tate knows firsthand how difficult it can be to raise children; as a mother, grandmother, educator, and consultant, she has years of experience to back her latest (after Science Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites), an eye-opening manual for raising productive, responsible children. The themes might seem familiar, but the book is full of relevant and useful information. Based on research, proverbial wisdom ("Tell me, I forget! Show me, I remember!"), and her own life, Tate's book covers topics such as learning environments ("Surround Your Child With a Calming Environment"), the efficacy of positive reinforcement ("Accentuate the Positive"), and various modes of learning. Tate acknowledges that parenting is a full-time job, and encourages parents to be involved in their child's educational life. In the foreword, consultant Eric Jensen calls this a "'take-action' book," and it really is just that; presented in a workbook format, the book has multiple pages on which parents can jot down notes to questions and ways to improve themselves. The information is organized and immediately applicable, making this a good read and a great resource.
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Nic Cooper
“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.”
Patricia Baker
“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.”
Charlene Christian-Andrews
"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."
Gina Humphries
"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."
Kathy Bowie
"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!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412988445
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 322,830
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcia L. Tate, EdD, is the former executive director of professional development for the DeKalb County School System, Decatur, Georgia and has been presenting to adult audiences for more than 25 years. During her 30-year career with the school district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development executive director. She received the Distinguished Staff Development Award for the State of Georgia, and her department was chosen to receive the Exemplary Program Award for the state.

Marcia is currently an educational consultant and has taught more than 400,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and business and community leaders throughout the world. She is the author of the following seven bestsellers: Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain; “Sit & Get” Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Professional Learning Strategies That Engage the Adult Brain; Reading and Language Arts Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Literacy Strategies that Engage the Brain; Shouting Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Techniques to Detour Around the Danger Zones; Mathematics Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Numeracy Strategies That Engage the Brain; Preparing Children for Success in School and in Life: 20 Ways to Increase Your Child’s Brain Power; and Science Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain; as well as Social Studies Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain. Participants in her workshops refer to them as “some of the best ones they have ever experienced” since Marcia uses the 20 strategies outlined in her books to actively engage her audiences.

Marcia received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and elementary education from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her master’s degree in remedial reading from the University of Michigan, her specialist degree in educational leadership from Georgia State University, and her doctorate in educational leadership from Clark Atlanta University. Spelman College awarded her the Apple Award for excellence in the field of education.

Marcia is married to Tyrone Tate and is the proud mother of three children, Jennifer, Jessica, and Christopher, and is the doting grandmother of two granddaughters, Christian and Aidan Brooke, and three grandsons, Maxwell Connor, Aaron Bryan, and Roman Alexander.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Eric Jensen vii

Acknowledgments ix

About the Author xi

Introduction 1

Part 1 Preparing Children for Success in Life 5

Chapter 1 Develop a Relationship With Your Child 7

Chapter 2 Hug, Rock, and Love Your Child 15

Chapter 3 Surround Your Child With a Calming Environment 21

Chapter 4 Give Your Child a Brain-Healthy Start 31

Chapter 5 Talk To and With Your Child 39

Chapter 6 Read To and With Your Child 45

Chapter 7 Provide Opportunities for Creative Play 51

Chapter 8 Teach Your Child Rules, Rituals, and Responsibility 57

Chapter 9 Accentuate the Positive 63

Chapter 10 Deemphasize the Negative 71

Chapter 11 Identify Chronic Behavior and Mood Disorders 79

Chapter 12 Expect the Best and Visualize Success 91

Part 2 Preparing Children for Success in School 99

Chapter 13 Laugh and Have Fun; It's Good for You and Your Child 103

Chapter 14 Strengthen Your Child's Auditory Mode of Learning 113

Chapter 15 Strengthen Your Child's Visual Mode of Learning 121

Chapter 16 Strengthen Your Child's Kinesthetic Mode of Learning 139

Chapter 17 Strengthen Your Child's Tactile Mode of Learning 147

Chapter 18 Make Memories With Music 153

Chapter 19 Connect Content With Your Child's Life 161

Chapter 20 Partner With Your Child's Teachers 169

Afterword 175

Bibliography 179

Index 185

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