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

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

by Marcia L. Tate

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452269634
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 08/02/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Marcia L. Tate is the former executive director of professional development for the DeKalb County School System in Decatur, Georgia.  During her 30-year career with the district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development executive director.  Marcia was named Staff Developer of the Year for the state of Georgia, and her department was selected to receive the Exemplary Program Award for the state.


Marcia is currently CEO of the consultant firm she shares with her husband, Tyrone, and has presented her workshops to over 500,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and community leaders from all over the United States and the world, including Australia, Canada, Egypt, Hungary, Oman, New Zealand, Singapore, and Thailand.


She is the author of the following eight bestsellers: Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain (3rd ed.), Sit & Get Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Professional Learning Strategies that Engage the Adult Brain (2nd ed.); Reading and Language Arts Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Literacy Strategies that Engage the Brain (2nd ed.); Mathematics Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Numeracy Strategies that Engage the Brain; Science Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain; Social Studies Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies that Engage the Brain; Shouting Won’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Techniques to Detour Around the Danger Zones (2nd ed.); and Preparing Children for Success in School and in Life: 20 Ways to Increase Your Child’s Brain Power.  She is also the author of Formative Assessment in a Brain-compatible Classroom: How Do We Really Know They Are Learning? which won the 2017 Independent Publishers Book Award.  Marcia has written a number of published articles and chapters that have been included in other books.  Participants in her workshops call them some of the best ones they have ever experienced since Marcia models the 20 strategies in her books to actively engage her audiences.  

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


Marcia has not only been married to Tyrone for more than 39 years but they are the proud parents of three wonderful children, Jennifer, Jessica, and Christopher.  If she had known how wonderful it would be to be a grandmother, Marcia would have had her eight grandchildren, Christian, Aidan, Maxwell, Aaron, Roman, Shiloh, Aya, and Noah, before she had her children.  She and her husband own the company, Developing Minds Inc., and can be contacted by calling the company at (770) 918-5039, by e-mailing her at, or by visiting either her business website at  or her personal website at  Follow Marcia on Twitter and Instagram @drmarciatate. 

Table of Contents

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

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