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The LIVING SKILLS books are a part of the collection of kids’ self-help books and other materials called THE JOY BERRY CLASSICS.
The purpose of the JOY BERRY CLASSICS is to help children, from the beginning of their lives through pre-adolescence, become responsible:
in their relationships with others, and
in the way that they relate to the things in their environment.
The classic look and feel of the LIVING SKILLS books is due to the restoration of the vintage artwork from the original publications that is now featured in the current LIVING SKILLS books.
The 27 LIVING SKILLS books help elementary school age kids live their lives intelligently and responsibly.
The purpose of the LIVING SKILLS books is to teach kids the information and skills they need to live intelligently and responsibly. This is accomplished by teaching kids the personal skills they need to take care of themselves, the social skills they need to develop and maintain positive relationships, and the coping skills they need to relate to things in positive rather than negative ways.
The LIVING SKILLS books are considered to be the heart of THE JOY BERRY CLASSICS as the three book series that precede LIVING SKILLS prepare young children to become responsible. In addition, the two JOY BERRY CLASSICS book series that follow LIVING SKILLS build upon the basic responsibilities taught via LIVING SKILLS.
In order to derive the maximum benefits from the LIVING SKILLS books it is recommended that adults use the books in the following ways:
Adult Resource: The adult reads the books for information, insights, and encouragement.
Adult-Child Activity: The adult uses the books with the child and encourages the child to question or comment on the subject matter.
Independent Activity: The child is encouraged to use the books independently of the adult for entertainment and to reinforce the subject matter.
Reference Material: The books are placed in the child’s library along with other resource materials and used whenever specific situations need to be addressed.
To ensure the success of many of the skills that are being taught via the LIVING SKILLS books it is recommended that the “show-me-how-then-let-me-do-it” teaching method be used.
The adult demonstrates how the task should be done by doing it while the child watches.
The adult does the task with the child or watches while the child does the task. (The adult should avoid criticizing, and instead should praise anything the child does correctly.)
The adult allows the child to do the task alone.
The adult praises the work and expresses appreciation for what the child has done.
Every Kid’s Guide to Being Special explains the ways in which every person is unique and encourages kids to value and accept themselves.
Every Kid’s Guide to Nutrition and Healthcare explains the importance of and guidelines for good nutrition, exercise, cleanliness, and rest and encourages kids to take care of their bodies.
Every Kid’s Guide to Handling Emotions explains how feelings can influence a person positively or negatively and encourages kids to handle their feelings appropriately.
Every Kid’s Guide to Thinking and Learning teaches the intellectual skills that can help kids become lifelong learners.
Every Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Prejudice and Discrimination explains the harmful effects of prejudice and discrimination and teaches kids how to form opinions intelligently.
Every Kid’s Guide to Understanding Human Rights defines the basic rights to which all humans are entitled, and explains the responsibilities that go along with human rights.
Every Kid’s Guide to Decision Making and Problem Solving teaches how to make intelligent decisions and how to resolve problems in positive ways.
Every Kid’s Guide to Understanding Parents explains the challenges of being a parent and encourages kids to respect and appreciate their parents.
Every Kid’s Guide to Handling Fights with Brothers and Sisters explains sibling rivalry and teaches kids how to get along with their brothers and sisters.
Every Kid’s Guide to Family Rules and Responsibilities encourages kids to help establish and maintain the family rules and regulations.
Every Kid’s Guide to Handling Family Arguments explains the causes of family arguments and teaches how to handle them in positive ways.
Every Kid’s Guide to Laws that Relate to Parents and Children explains the legal rights and responsibilities of parents and their kids.
Every Kid’s Guide to Good Manners explains why good manners are important and teaches kids how to behave graciously in the various situations they encounter.
Every Kid’s Guide to Being a Communicator explains the various ways people communicate and teaches kids how to communicate honestly, accurately, and effectively.
Every Kid’s Guide to Handling Disagreements explains how conflicts develop and teaches kids positive ways to resolve them.
Every Kid’s Guide to Making Friends explains why friends are important and teaches how to develop and maintain friendships.
Every Kid’s Guide to Understanding Nightmares teaches kids about good and bad dreams and explains how to handle nightmares.
Every Kid’s Guide to Handling Illness teaches how to prevent illness and what kids can do to help facilitate their recovery when they are sick.
Every Kid’s Guide to Responding to Danger teaches kids how to protect themselves from dangerous people, objects, places, and situations.
Every Kid’s Guide to Coping with Childhood Trauma defines trauma and its causes and teaches kids how to handle it in constructive ways.
Every Kid’s Guide to Using Time Wisely teaches kids how to organize their time in order to accomplish the things they need and want to do.
Every Kid’s Guide to Watching TV Intelligently encourages kids to choose their TV programs wisely and set healthy limits on watching TV.
Every Kid’s Guide to Making and Managing Money provides a variety of ways kids can earn money and teaches how to handle money appropriately.
Every Kid’s Guide to Intelligent Spending teaches kids how to be intelligent consumers.
Every Kid’s Guide to Laws that Relate to School and Work explains the laws that relate to kids while they are at school.
Every Kid’s Guide to Laws that Relate to Kids in the Community explains the laws that relate to the communities in which kids live.
Every Kid’s Guide to The Juvenile Justice Systems explains how the juvenile justice system works.