I Just Want to Do It MY WAY!

Julia Cook
Kelsey De Weerd
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Share this story with children who have difficulty staying focused long enough to complete assignments or who insist they have a better way to do things! Kids in grades K-6 will learn strategies to face a task, ignore distractions, and ask a teacher or other adult for help to get the job done to completion. RJ’s way of doing things isn’t working out for him, especially in math class. His teacher is upset because so many of his assignments are missing or incomplete. RJ blames Norma “the booger picker” and Rodney “the alphabet burper” for distracting him during class. With support from his mom and dad, RJ learns how to ask for help and stay on task. By learning how to do things the right way the first time, RJ discovers he no longer has to do his work over and over and over again.

This book is the fifth in Julia Cook’s BEST ME I Can Be! series which teaches children in grades K-6 social skills that can make home life happier and school more successful. The skills are part of the Boys Town Education Model that has improved student behavior and classroom climates in hundreds of schools across the country. The book includes tips for parents and Educators to effectively teach how to ask for help and how to stay on task. 32 pgs

Watch Julia Cook talking about the RJ book series: About RJ part 1 About RJ part 2

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Published by Boys Town Press

ISBN: 978-1-934490-43-3

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    Great Tips to Help Our Children Succeed

    Posted by Sarah Stine, Educator, The Cloverleaf School of Atlanta on Oct 9th 2018

    "Julia never fails to give us language and tips to help our kids experience success. I Just Want to Do It My Way! and the character of RJ allows our kids to truly connect and reflect. RJ’s situation gives important strategies and hope to kids, educators and parents, and teaches us that social struggles can be resolved if we make small changes. This book is another tool to help our kids learn that finishing their work feels great, and they can make any situation positive if they try!"

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