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Updated Edition of Bestseller

Preparing Children for Success in School and Life

20 Ways to Increase Children's Brain Power
Second Edition (Revised Edition)
By: Marcia L. Tate

Foreword by Debbie Silver

With newly updated research, the second edition of this bestseller provides parents and educators with strategies for building a brain-compatible environment where young learners can develop the skills they need to be successful.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071886700
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2022
  • Page Count: 216
  • Publication date: December 08, 2022

Price: $26.95



Set children on a path to success by understanding and nurturing the power of the brain

Children’s brains develop faster in the early years than at any other time in their lives. If you want to make the most of this pivotal period, there is no time to waste.

With newly updated research, the second edition of this bestseller provides parents and educators with strategies for building a brain-compatible environment where young learners can develop the skills they need to be successful. Inside you’ll find:

  • How to design a brain-friendly environment, including the use of music, color, and lighting
  • The effects of verbal communication, reading aloud, and discussion on children’s development
  • Strategies for developing character and responsible behaviors
  • An action plan to help parents follow through with implementation at home
  • Multiple examples of best practices in action

Based on the latest research on human growth and development and written by a nationally-known education expert, Preparing Children for Success in School and Life helps you satisfy a child’s natural hunger for learning and ensure that every child gets the best possible chance at success.

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 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 an action plan and contract to help parents make a commitment and follow through with strategy implementation



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Marcia L. Tate

Marcia L. Tate, EdD, is the former executive director of professional development for the DeKalb County School System in Decatur, Georgia. During her thirty-year career with the district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development executive director.

Marcia is currently an educational consultant and has taught over 500,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and business and community leaders throughout the world. She is the author of the eight books in the best-selling Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites series and four additional books: Formative Assessment in a Brain-Compatible Classroom: How Do We Really Know They’re Learning?, 100 Brain-Friendly Lessons for Unforgettable Teaching and Learning K–8, and 100 Brain-Friendly Lessons for Unforgettable Teaching and Learning 9–12, and her latest book, Healthy Teachers, Happy Classrooms that is designed to address both the personal and professional lives of all educators. Participants in her workshops refer to them as some of the best ones they have ever experienced since Marcia uses the twenty 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 in Ann Arbor, her specialist degree in educational leadership from Georgia State University, and her doctorate in educational leadership from Clark Atlanta University.

Marcia is married to Tyrone Tate and is the proud mother of three children: Jennifer, Jessica, and Christopher, and nine grandchildren: Christian, Aidan, Maxwell, Aaron, Roman, Shiloh, Aya, Noah, and Alyssa.

Marcia and her husband own the company Developing Minds, Inc. and can be contacted by calling the company at (770) 918-5039, emailing her at marciata@ bellsouth.net, or by visiting her website at www.developingmindsinc.com. You can also follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @DrMarciaTate.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


PART One: Preparing Children for Success in Life

Chapter 1. Develop a Relationship With Your Child

Chapter 2. Hug, Rock, and Love Your Child

Chapter 3. Surround Your Child With a Calming Environment

Chapter 4. Give Your Child a Brain-Healthy Start

Chapter 5. Talk To and With Your Child

Chapter 6. Read To and With Your Child

Chapter 7. Provide Opportunities for Creative Play

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

Chapter 9. Accentuate the Positive

Chapter 10. Deemphasize the Negative

Chapter 11. Identify Chronic Behavior and Mood Disorders

Chapter 12. Laugh and Have Fun; It’s Good for You and Your Child

Chapter 13: Expect the Best and Visualize Success

PART TWO: Preparing Children for Success in School

Chapter 14. Prepare Your Child from Before Birth to Age Three

Chapter 15. Prepare Your Child for Prekindergarten and Kindergarten (Ages 4 and 5)

Chapter 16. Prepare Your Child for Primary Grades (1st, 2nd, 3rd)

Chapter 17. Prepare Your Child for Intermediate Grades (4th, 5th)

Chapter 18. Prepare Your Child for Middle Grades (Grades 6th, 7th, 8th)

Chapter 19. Prepare Your Child for High School Grades (Grades 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th)

Chapter 20. Partner With Your Child’s Teachers

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