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Here Are Some Things Parents Can Do to Ensure Their Child’s Classroom Success

Ugh, Bad Behavior in Classrooms!
Disruptive behavior in classrooms is a common problem in various regions beginning with Kindergarten. This information highlights one profound fact: appreciation for education begins at home. According to brain research, many children struggle in school with academics and social skills because critical pathways in the brain were not formed during their first three years of life. And it takes language development to strengthen the process of this formation. There are a few things parents can do to ensure their child’s success.

Read Stories
Parents can read stories to their child with interesting characters, beautiful settings and exciting plots. With this face time, children will hear voice inflection and watch facial expressions with each emotion that the story presents. They will learn early to make necessary literary connections. Furthermore, assisting your child with learning to make those necessary literary connections can be done by simply asking your child questions about the story during and after reading. Who or what was the story about? Who were the main characters? Was there a problem and if so, what was it? How was the problem solved? When, where, and why did the main event happen? Keep your child focused on the five W’s and the H, and their comprehension will sky-rocket.

Read Poems
Parents can read rhyming poems which encourages language expression and develop auditory skills of varying phonemes necessary for mental word building manipulation. After reading two lines, ask your child for the two rhyming words. When this practice is done frequently, your child should be able to tell you which words rhyme.

Play Language Games
Playing language games at this early age will introduce the child to letter knowledge and teach the child to manipulate onsets, rimes, and the beginning and ending blends needed to create various words. Filling your child’s world with language development opportunities from 0-3 years will ensure proper brain cell development and multiply his or her chances of success in the classroom.

What’s Myelin?
In conclusion, it hurt me when a guest speaker in a kindergarten classroom asked a student (who had no behavioral control) if his mommy hugs him. He frowned, shaking his head and said, “Only when I was a baby when she feed me a bottle.” We can see that this child is associating a loving hug to being held for feeding and has no other memory of receiving an embrace. Affection is essential to human maturity. Hugging and massaging your baby creates the fatty material, myelin according to Perles (2014). “[Myelin] coats the brain cells and speeds up the electrical impulses which cause them to work more effectively than neurons that are not coated in myelin.” Affection moms, dads and guardians – affection, reading and word games introduced at this early age will prepare your child for school before school.

My twelve-year-old still looks forward to bed time stories. She is in the top 25% of her class and is reading at high school, if not early college level.