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Survival Skills

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The SURVIVAL 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:

for themselves,
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 SURVIVAL SKILLS books is due to the restoration of the vintage artwork from the original publications that is now featured in the current SURVIVAL SKILLS books.


The 28 SURVIVAL SKILLS books help elementary school age kids fulfill all of the reasonable expectations that they are required to fulfill.

Unfortunately, kids in elementary school are often unprepared to fulfill the many expectations that are placed on them and this results in frustration all the way around. The SURVIVAL SKILLS books can help a child fulfill the expectations that inundate his or her life by providing simple, step-by-step instructions for accomplishing various tasks and goals. The SURVIVAL SKILLS books will also provide the rationale behind each expectation and thus motivate kids to follow through with whatever needs to be done.


To ensure the success of the skills that are being taught via the SURVIVAL SKILLS books it is recommended that the “show-me-how-then-let-me-do-it” teaching method be used.

Step One
The adult demonstrates how the task should be done by doing it while the child watches.

Step Two
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.)

Step Three
The adult allows the child to do the task alone.

Step Four
The adult praises the work and expresses appreciation for what the child has done.

THE SURVIVAL SKILLS (aka HOW to) BOOKS Divided into Developmental Categories


How to Clean Yourself Up shows how to clean and groom one’s body from head to toe.

How to Get Dressed teaches how to select clothing that is appropriate for the occasion, weather conditions, and one’s own physical characteristics.

How to Stand up Straight describes good posture and shows children how to stand, sit, and move so they can look and feel their best.

How to Go to Bed explains the importance of sleep and teaches children how to get a good night’s sleep.

How to Make Breakfast and Lunch shows how to plan and prepare simple and nutritious meals and snacks.

How to be Prepared for Emergencies teaches what needs to be done to adequately prepare for any emergency.

How to Be Careful teaches guidelines for keeping safe at home, school, and in the community.

How to Handle Emergencies teaches proper procedures for handling minor emergencies and proper responses for dealing with major emergencies.


How to do Something Besides Watching TV teaches how to deal with boredom in creative and productive ways.

How to Do Your Homework and Schoolwork explains the rationale behind homework and schoolwork and teaches how to do both more effectively.

How to Get Good Grades explains the appropriate use of tests and grades and teaches how to derive maximum benefits from both.

How to Clean Your Room uses a step-by-step approach to teach how to organize personal belongings and clean a bedroom.

How to Take Care of Your Clothes teaches children the basics of caring for and managing their wardrobe.


How to Help Conserve Resources explains why conserving energy and other resources is necessary and teaches children how to conserve.

How to Do Yardwork teaches about general yard maintenance and explains how to do specific yard care tasks.

How to Take Care of a Pet explains how to choose the right pet and teaches the appropriate care of specific household pets.

How to Babysit explains how to care for and entertain younger children.

How to Earn an Allowance teaches how to contribute productively to the family and how to earn, collect, and utilize an allowance appropriately.

How to Help Resolve Your Family’s Money Problems teaches children how they can have a positive instead of negative impact the family finances and encourages them to do so.


How to Have Good Table Manners teaches table manners and encourages the implementation of them.

How to Say the Right Thing teaches how to be gracious when talking with others and encourages good conversational manners.

How to Talk on the Phone explains the correct way to answer the telephone, take messages, and handle calls from strangers.

How to Write Letters that Say the Right Thing teaches how to write appropriate and effective communications.

How to Behave in Public teaches appropriate behavior for public places and at public events.

How to be Kind to Your Guest teaches how to be respectful and gracious to guests who visit.

How to Be a Good Guest teaches how to be kind and considerate when visiting others.

How to Avoid Hanging Around with the Wrong Crowd discusses the difference between peer groups that have a negative influence and groups that have a positive influence and teaches how to select and become a member of an acceptable peer group.

How to Be Good explains why rules and regulations are necessary and encourages children to understand, respect, and abide by the rules they are expected to follow.