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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Weekly Reader Teacher's Press (August 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595465293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595465293
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jerry Parks is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher, and teaches 7th grade social studies at Georgetown Middle School in Georgetown, Kentucky and is a member of the 2007 USA TODAY All American Teacher Team. His other books include: Teacher Under Construction, So, You Want to be an NBPTS Certified Teacher?, With Joseph in the University of Adversity, and God, Help Me Pray!.

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Jerry Parks was born and lives in Lexington, KY. He currently teaches 7th grade social studies at the Georgetown Middle School. Jerry has taught for 27 years, and is a member of the The National Teachers Hall of Fame, and the USA-TODAY All-American Teacher Team. He is the author of 10 books, ranging from Christian studies on prayer, the Book of Revelation, and Joseph the Hebrew, to instructional guides for new teachers, and NBPTS certification for seasoned classroom pros. He also serves on the Advisory Council for Author House Publishers, and speaks at various national conferences across America. He is available for speaking engagements when his schedule allows.

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I highly reccomend this book for other parents facing this daunting event!
Suzanne
The most helpful chapter to me was the one on homework.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Elizabeth Delong on September 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
I can sum it up by saying: "What a great idea!" Maybe we should have a class on this.

Who would have thought about a book for parents, about middle school? Although there are a couple of chapters for the kids, the purpose of this book is to prepare PARENTS to learn how to help their kids be better middle schoolers.

I would not have thought one book could address both the parent/student aspect of this subject. Not only does it do it in a friendly, conversational style, this book also encourages parents to discuss middle school issues WITH their children. And children supported by parents who are aware of what middle school really entails is the recipe for successful middle schooling.

Kudos on putting such vital yet neglected information in a simple, inexpensive handbook. Now, if someone could write about how to get my eighth grader ready for high school....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darci on September 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
I swear to you--that's my kid on the cover! :-)

I cannot add a whole lot to what others have said, but what helped me most was the 'Teacher Conferencing Suggestions'. I admit to being a little intimidated at times when I am sitting with five teachers. This part of the manual alone was worth the price of the book. But my 6th grader really liked the "10 Bees that always sting in middle school!".

It was hard getting my child to sit down with me and discuss the middle school scenarios. Of course, he thought he had all the answers. But when we did the learning styles, and 'philosophy of life' tests, I learned more about my little boy than I'd ever known before. Amazing--how just the right questions can open up a whole new insight for a mother toward her child! Amazing too, how fast they grow up. Sad to say, this book would be wasted on an 8th grader.

Nice little book for mamma's of middle schoolers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne on September 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
When I saw the title of this book, I was hooked. That was exactly how I felt - my baby was going to middle school, and I wasn't sure what to expect! Having read other books by Dr. Parks, I knew this one would be useful, and it was!

In this book, there are lessons about homework, behavior, character, peer pressure, learning independence, gaining responsibility, and so much more. My child wasn't just going to a new school, she was entering a whole new world - one that neither of us had any experience with - and that made us both nervous. With the use of this book, I feel that we are both ready to make this step a succesful one!

While we still worry about the lockers and the hallways, I'm sure both myself and my daughter will manage to make this sixth grade year a great one. I have Mr. Parks to thank!

This book is NOT just for incoming sixth grade parents, however. It provides a structure for any parent of a middle schooler who may be facing challenges to their success in any of the grades of middle school. There are even helps on how to talk to the teachers and how to maximize the home/school partnership.

I highly reccomend this book for other parents facing this daunting event!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna N. on September 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a parent, I know there are some things I wanted my child to know before beginning 6th grade. Problem was, I wasn't sure exactly what many of those things were, or just how to discuss them. This book addresses perfectly, the needs for parents with my dilemma.

Written for parents AND new middle schoolers, "Help! My Child is Starting Middle School!" is a no fluff little handbook with cogent discussions on everything from middle school conduct, to grades, to parental (helpful) websites.

The strength of this book is not really the new information. It is how the information is presented. "The Ten Commandments for Parents", and similar such lists for students, is a very nice touch, and as practical and relevant as could be imagined.

If you have a son or daughter beginning middle school or junior high, know that they are entering a whole new world. This book makes the difficult transition much easier.
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