Parents come to training sessions with preconceptions. It is, therefore, important for them to gain an initial understanding about the brain and language development.

Brain themes need to relate to one another in some pattern or unique way, such as scaffolding. Parents need factual knowledge and the context of activities in order to understand new information and organize the facts and information in a conceptual framework so that the information they share with their children will make sense.

For parents, scaffolding and organizing information has to be simplistic enough to retrieve the information from their memory in order to apply it sometime in the near future. Memory forms through sound, symbols, numbers, and patterns that include such processes in both the right and left brain.

This post is excerpted from my book ¡Andamio!, where you can learn more about ELL success through brain-based learning. Get your copy here.