Transition to Middle School

As we enter into August it’s time at our house to remind our kids that summer does not last forever and sooner or later that big yellow bus will be back to pick them up and swoop them off to school. This year in particular is a big year at our house as we will have three kids transitioning to three new schools.   Probably the biggest change (for me mostly) will be our oldest starting her first year of middle school. The nerves have kicked in already on a recent visit to the school where she tackled some big life obstacles such as opening a locker, following a class schedule, and using a map to trek from one end of the building to the other. In order to ease into this transition I set out to find the perfect middle school themed book to give her a peek into what life will be like as a middle school student.

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Surviving Middle School: Navigating the Halls, Riding the Social Roller Coaster, and Unmasking the Real You by Luke Reynolds is wonderful because it’s full of helpful hints and positive messages that are cleverly woven between humor, fun cartoon illustrations, and real-life stories. Reynolds skillfully parallels his own awkward but endearing childhood stories with his experiences as a middle school teacher. Not only did my daughter and I both finish it in one sitting, but it also gave us great talking points for several adolescent topics I had long forgotten about. I would highly recommend this book for students, teachers, and parents alike!

Other great books about the adventures of middle school:

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How to Survive Middle School by Donn Gephart 9780375854118. 2011. Gr 5-7

Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf by Jennifer Holm 9781442436633. 2011. Gr 5-8

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Middle School, the Worst Years of my Life by James Patterson 9780316276917.2016. Gr 5-7.

Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes 9781599902845.2011. Gr 6-8.

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The Middle School Rules of Brian Urlacher by Sean Jensen 9781424549795.2015. Gr 5-9.

I Funny: A Middle School Story by James Patterson 9780316206921. 2016. Gr 4-7.

Surviving Middle School: Navigating the Halls, Riding the Social Roller Coaster, and Unmasking the Real You by Luke Reynolds 9781582705545. 2016. Gr 6-8.

 

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