Keeping School Cool!: A Kid's Guide to Handling School Problems

Keeping School Cool!: A Kid's Guide to Handling School Problems

by Michaelene Mundy, R. W. Alley

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From the end of August until the first part of June, our children spend more of their waking hours at school than at home. And while elementary school problems may sometimes seem trivial compared to our adult worries, we need to remember that our children’s problems can be just as gut-wrenching and nerve-wracking as any adult’s. This thoughtfully written book covers everything from homework to getting along with others, dealing with teachers and feeling safe at school. Author Michaelene Mundy reassures and teaches as she tackles the topics most important to young students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497696570
Publisher: CareNotes
Publication date: 10/28/2014
Series: Elf-help Books for Kids
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 32
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

About the Author

Michaelene Mundy is the author of three other books in the Elf-help Books for Kids series. A school guidance counselor, she has also taught elementary school and has worked with learning-disabled children. She holds master’s degrees in school and community counseling, as well as in education. She is the mother of three children.
R. W. Alley is the illustrator for the popular Abbey Press adult series of Elf-help books, as well as an illustrator and writer of children’s books. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island, with his wife, daughter, and son. See a wide variety of his works at:


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Keeping School Cool!

A Kid's Guide to Handling School Problems

By Michaelene Mundy, R. W. Alley

Abbey Press

Copyright © 2002 Michaelene Mundy
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4976-9657-0


The First Day

The first day of school is exciting! You may have new clothes to wear. You might have new things — like a fresh box of crayons and a full bottle of glue that isn't all gunked up at the spout.

The first day of school can be scary, too. You have a new teacher, a new classroom, and new books. You may know some classmates, but not others.

Most of your classmates feel just as you do — excited and scared at the same time. As you get used to things in the next few days, it won't feel so scary anymore.

Learning Takes Time

When you flip through the pages of your new books, you may find some words or problems that look hard. Don't worry! Your teacher will explain all this later in the year. You will learn new things little by little.

If you're having trouble learning something, keep trying. Ask your teacher for help after class, or take your book home to practice. Be sure to let your parents and teacher know if you still can't get it.

Your teacher knows how to tell if you have what is called a "learning problem." She can make sure that you get special help, so you don't get behind in your work.

So Much to Do

Kids have a lot to do! You go to school all day. Then you might have soccer practice, piano lessons, and lots of homework.

If you feel worried about all you have to do, you may need to change the way you do some things. Try to start ahead of time to study for a test or to do a project. If you get time in school to do homework, make good use of that time.

Be sure to eat healthy food to keep your mind and body working well. When you can't eat supper till late because you have practice, ask Mom or Dad to bring you a sandwich and some juice.

Tips on Teachers

If you don't understand something in class, raise your hand and ask a question. There are no stupid questions. You may be asking the same thing another student was too shy to ask.

If you don't know why something was marked wrong on a paper, ask your teacher to explain it.

Sometimes kids think their teacher doesn't like them. If you're having teacher trouble, talk with your parents about it. They can set up a time for all of you to sit down together with your teacher and work out the problem.


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