About the Author
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: www.rwalley.com.
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Keeping School Cool!
A Kid's Guide to Handling School Problems
By Michaelene Mundy, R. W. Alley
Abbey PressCopyright © 2002 Michaelene Mundy
All rights reserved.
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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