AGES 9-11

NUMBER OF TITLES IN SURVIVAL SKILLS:

31 (28 book titles are currently available)

BASIC PREMISE OF SURVIVAL SKILLS:

Children are often ill equipped to fulfill the expectations that are required of them. Failure to perform adequately creates frustrations and disappointments for children and the people around them.

The purpose of the SURVIVAL SKILLS materials is to teach children the information and skills they need to fulfill reasonable expectations. This is accomplished by teaching children 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.

DEVELOPMENTAL ORGANIZATION OF SURVIVAL SKILLS:

Given every child’s normal developmental progression from being egocentric to being social to caring about the things that surround them, it is recommended that the SURVIVAL SKILLS subjects be presented in the following developmental sequence:

GUIDELINES FOR USING SURVIVAL SKILLS:

In order to derive the maximum benefits from the SURVIVAL SKILLS books it is recommended that adults use them in the following ways:

Phase One - Adult Resource: The adult reads the books for information, insights, and encouragement.

Phase Two – Adult-Child Activity: The adult uses the materials with the child and encourages the child to question or comment on the subject matter.

Phase Three - Independent Activity: The child is encouraged to use the materials independently of the adult for entertainment and to reinforce the subject matter.

Phase Four - Reference Material: The materials are placed in the child’s library along with other resource materials and used whenever specific situations need to be addressed.

To insure the success of the skills that are being taught via the self-help 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.

DESCRIPTIONS OF SURVIVAL SKILLS SUBJECTS:

Good Grooming shows how to clean and groom one’s body from head to toe.

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

Having Good Posture describes good posture and shows children how to stand, sit, and move so they can look and feel their best.

Sleeping and Resting explains the importance of sleep and teaches children how to get a good night’s sleep.

Cooking for Yourself shows how to plan and prepare simple and nutritious meals and snacks.

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

Being Careful teaches guidelines for keeping safe at home, school, and in the community.

Handling Emergencies teaches proper procedures for handling minor emergencies and proper responses for dealing with major emergencies.

Handling Boredom teaches how to deal with boredom in creative and productive ways.

Using the Internet teaches the negative and positive effects of Internet and recommends ways to use it appropriately.

Playing Electronic Games teaches the negative and positive effects of electronic games and recommends ways to use them appropriately.

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

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

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

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

Caring for Your Clothes teaches children the basics of caring for and managing their wardrobe.

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

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

Doing Housework teaches about the general upkeep of indoor spaces and explains how to do specific cleaning tasks.

Caring for Pets explains how to choose the right pet and teaches the appropriate care of specific household pets.

Babysitting explains how to care for and entertain younger children.

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

Helping With Family Finances teaches children how they can have a positive instead of negative impact the family finances and encourages them to do so.

Table Etiquette teaches table manners and encourages the implementation of them.

Conversational Etiquette teaches how to be gracious when talking with others and encourages good conversational manners.

Telephone Etiquette explains the correct way to answer the telephone, take messages, and handle calls from strangers.

Writing Etiquette teaches how to write appropriate and effective communications.

Public Etiquette teaches appropriate behavior for public places and at public events.

Entertaining teaches how to be respectful and gracious to guests who visit.

Visiting teaches how to be kind and considerate when visiting others.

Handling Peer Groups 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.