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                                 Chapter 2  Dangers of Electronic Entertainment 

Television and computers are robbing children of the benefits they used to get through physical activity.  They’re wonderful babysitters for the parents, but what’s really sad is that they don’t realize the danger to their child when they allow them to have their eyes glued to the TV and computer screens for hours.  They don’t move or think and don’t even hear someone talking to them…their minds and bodies shut down and stop developing.  It’s called brain downtime.   

Chapter 3  Language Development

Research indicates that the amount of language spoken directly to children during their first three years is critical to their intellectual development and ability to learn and will significantly increase their I.Q.  This chapter is devoted to teaching parents how to help their child’s language develop to its full potential through communicating and carrying on conversations, stimulating the child to give descriptions and explanations, as well as speaking proper English, all just through daily parent/child contact.

 

Chapter 5  The Home Environment Conducive to Learning

Children model what they see their parents do and hear them say.  The most important place for children to develop into high quality educated human beings is in an enriched home environment where they learn good character development, socializing, the art of conversation and communication, vocabulary development, organization, reading skills, having fun together.  This chapter shows parents how to be excellent role models just through plain healthy living and growing.  Fortunate are the children who are born into these types of environments.

 

Chapter 6 Responsibility - A  Key Ingredient of Success

The first and most important quality of  Top Students is responsibility.  Wise parents begin this training when children begin to crawl. however, teaching children to be responsible for their personal belongings, to participate in the maintenance and upkeep of their home, and to be accountable for their learning, such as homework and learning from mistakes is a continuing challenge and source of frustration to parents.  So much so, that many end up delaying the training because it’s easier to do things for their children rather than try to make them do for themselves.  This is the biggest mistake parents can make.  This chapter offers highly motivating suggestions and activities parents can use to help their children achieve their utmost potential which must begin with personal responsibility. Some of the covered areas are:

 

                                  Cleaning Up/ Doing chores              Getting ready for bed and school the next day       

                                          Organization                             Parental Involvememt – How Much or Little       

                                                           

Chapter 7 - Belief is a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Our level of self-esteem determines how much we like and respect ourselves, our beliefs in who we are, and how capable we are.  Liking ourselves and being capable go together.  The more we like ourselves, the better we are at everything we do.  Parents have the most significant  influence on the beliefs children have about themselves.  This chapter will teach paents how to help their child develop the self-esteem and confidence that will lead them to a life time of success and happiness.

 

Chapter 11  Praise and Rewards

Praise and rewards are tools that can help parents get their children to behave properly and to study hard in school.  Yet when to reward, how often, and the type of reward to give can be overwhelming to the confused parents who are trying to do a good job raising their children.  Through wise and strategically aimed praise and rewards, parents can mold their children’s behavior and send them spiraling toward a healthy self-esteem and self-confidence, leading to achievement of the most desirable behavior and success.  In this chapter, suggestions deal with:

  Types of material rewards to give the child.

Examples of praise and when to use it.

When to resort to punishment.

Insincere praise.

Excessive compliments and praise.

Dealing with mistakes.

 

                   

                   

                      Chapter 19   Reading Incentives

Learning to read is very tedious.  It takes students years of struggling to learn the alphabet, decode words, and comprehend well enough to be an independent reader.  They won’t get better until they read a lot, usually until they’re ready to graduate from high school.  This chapter is filled with delightful incentives to cause the young child to want to read, thus increasing her reading ability far in advance.. Incentives such as book chains, hole punchers, book worms, fish tanks, and many more will turn the child on to non-stop reading.

 

 

 

Chapter 20  Home Writing  Activities 

Writing skills take a long time to develop…so long that many children reach adulthood  never having learned to write.  Its never too early to start your child at home beginning with scribbles and captioned drawing, graduating to independent journals, lists and delightful stories he can write and then read to the family.  This chapter shows parents how to  begin the child writing at home, so he’ll have a great start when he begins school.

 

 

                               

                           Chapter 21  Educational Fun

Learning should be full of fun and excitement!  Good teachers know through experience that their students will learn most any concept, provided it’s presented in a fun and interesting manner.  This chapter is an ongoing  source of educational, fun activities and artwork that will stimulate the advanced or struggling students to learn more because they’re having fun.  It includes concepts such as categorizing, sequencing,  alphabet, vocabulary,  sight words, family games, spelling, reports and creative writing.  Ages range from preschool to advanced elementary school and are guaranteed to make television obsolete while keeping kids out from under their busy parents’ feet.

 

Chapter 25  Homework

Children don’t automatically have the self-discipline to make themselves sit down and do their homework without interruption.  It really won’t be a nightly hassle if parents know how to set up a consistent time, teach the rules and procedure, and then make their child adhere to them. Not only that, but this time can be an even more valuable learning situation than actual school time with the teacher and 25 other students because the parent can observe how the child does her work, see to it that she understands it, and then teach her to proofread it herself and learn from her mistakes.

Chapter Summaries