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The Worst Day of My Life Ever!

By Julia Cook, illustrated by Kelsey De Weerd

(Grades K-6) RJ has had a rough day – he wakes up with gum stuck in his hair, misses recess because he’s late to school, earns a zero on his math homework, kicks the ball into his own team’s soccer goal, and messes up Mom’s kitchen with his overflowing pancake batter! With his mother’s help, RJ learns that his problems happen because he doesn’t listen or pay attention to directions from her, his school principal, teachers, or even his friends.

Author Julia Cook’s new book shows RJ as well as all K-6 readers the steps to the fundamental social skills of listening and following instructions. When RJ learns to use these skills the right way, he has the best day of his life!

The book includes tips for parents and educators on how to effectively teach listening and following instructions skills to kids.

"Listening to others, following directions, making good choices. These are some pretty important lessons for children to learn and a tall order for a book to teach. Author Julia Cook has found a way to present them in a light-hearted manner that parents felt was going to impact their child's social interactions. There is no sense of blame or "I told you so" lessons. In fact the book was seen as empowering and offering a successful approach at illustrating the effects of decision making to small children. There are great parenting tips in the back of the book which include practical techniques for teaching your child to make eye contact when they are talking to someone and even how playing Simon Says can be truly valuable. The book itself features beautiful illustrations that are both bright and colorful."
-The National Parenting Center, Spring 2011

"With The Worst Day of My Life…EVER! Julia Cook has hit another home run. Kids will not only relate but learn from the character RJ as he uses listening skills to transform his worst day ever into his best day ever! Parents, teachers, and school counselors will delight in having such an invaluable resource on their bookshelf."
-Roxanne Davidson, Elementary School Counselor, Portland, OR, Founder of Books That Heal Kids Blog

The activity book and CD are also available!

The book provides teacher instructions, lists of materials when needed, activity variations and extensions, worksheets, and praise coupons you can use to reward students who demonstrate good listening and following instructions skills. The enclosed CD-ROM has pdf files of all of the reproducible pages in the activity guide plus extra worksheets to use.

Stock # Description Retail ea. Qty
B004-Net The Worst Day of My Life Ever! 10.95
B034-Net The Worst Day of My Life Ever! - Activity Book and CD 19.95

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