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Middle School Prep: 3 Steps to Success

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MIDDLE SCHOOL PREP 4 KIDS

3 STEPS TO SUCCESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yvonne Brooks

Author/Speaker/Coach

www.brooksandbrooksfoundation.com

Copyright @Yvonne Brooks 2016

Brooks & Brooks Foundation

6320 Canoga Ave, Suite 1500-123

Woodland Hills, CA 91367

818-456-6520

www.BrooksandBrooksFoundation.com

[email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Yvonne Brooks

 

Yvonne Brooks, parenting coach, speaker and executive director of the Brooks & Brooks Foundation, a non-profit organization providing the world’s largest family empowerment resources.

 

Visit: www.brooksandbrooksfoundation.com to

learn more about Yvonne and the exciting work she does to empower families.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table of Contents

 

Step One: Mental Prep 101

 

Step Two: Emotional Prep 101

 

Step Three: Physical Prep 101

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What if you were prepared for middle school mentally, emotionally and physically?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mental Prep 101

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mental Prep 101 Vocabulary

 

 

Add and study these words in your personalized middle school vocabulary book.

 

 

Proactive: Taking positive action.

 

 

Reactive: Taking negative action.

 

 

Commitment: To be responsible all the way to the end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mental Prep 101 in preparing for middle school is all about getting organized. To arrange and plan your middle school years takes effort, discipline and commitment to success.

 

Each year should be planned out carefully so as to take full responsibility at the beginning for your successes or mistakes you may experience along the way.

 

Your successes or mistakes will always be your responsibility not your parents.

 

Recognizing this fact early in life will spare you a lot of headache in the future.

 

In the next few pages I will share some organizational tips for preparing mentally for middle school.

 

 

 

 

 

Organize Tip# 1: Your Vocabulary

 

Vocabulary is all about words. Students with higher vocabulary are more successful and make more money when they get older. Creating a digital vocab journal with definition on your phone or ipad are great ways to prepare mentally for leadership roles middle school.

 

Example of a new word to add to your middle school vocabulary list today:

 

“Success: Achievement of a goal”

 

Write down your own vocab and definition for today:

 

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Organize Tip #2: Your Questions

 

The questions you rehearse to yourself and others each day will shape your experiences.

 

Example of a positive question about middle school:

 

“What if I was capable of getting good

grades in middle school?”

 

Write down your own proactive question about middle school:

 

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Organize Tip# 3: Your Thoughts

 

Be aware that negative thoughts about middle school will hinder your chances for success.

 

Example of a proactive thought about middle school:

 

“I am looking forward to learning new and exciting ways to be successful in middle school.”

 

Write down your own proactive thought about middle school:

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Organize Tip #4: Your Emotions

 

No one can make you feel good or bad without your permission. Your emotions will either make or break you. Taking responsibility for how you feel is a powerful step to maintain success throughout your middle school life.

 

Example of using “affirmations” to organize your emotions:

 

“I am only responsible for how I feel about me, NOT how others feel about me.”

 

Write down your own ideas for organizing your emotions:

 

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Organize Tip #5: Your Goals

 

Your goals for middle school are an indication of how well you will do. You will only become as successful in relation to the middle school goals you have set for yourself.

 

Example of a proactive middle school goal:

 

“One of my middle school goals is to be responsible with completing my homework daily without being told.”

 

Write down your own proactive middle school goal:

 

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Organize Tip #6: Your Day

 

Your day should be organized the night before you go to bed. This is a good time to learn how to use a digital calendar and planner. There are many free apps available for phones or ipads to help you organize your homework assignments, classes and extra-curricular activities.

 

Example of an organized day:

 

“530am-wake up, 750am-school-3pm-fun,

4pm-soccer, 9pm-bed.

 

Write down your own schedule for the next 24 hours:

 

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Organize Tip #7: Your Week

 

Organizing your week (168 hours) allows you to see ahead what you should be preparing for. You are fully responsible for how you value your time. Middle school is the perfect place to master this skill.

 

Example of an organized week:

 

“Monday-turn in science assignment, Wednesday-update and review digital vocabulary list, Saturday-review class notes from English class.”

 

Write down your own ideas for the next week:

 

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Organize Tip #8: Your Year

 

Organizing your year is a process only advanced middle school students will commit to. By using a digital calendar, it is much easier to create a full year plan to prepare for assignments before they are due. Not last minute!

 

Example of an organized year:

 

“September-Ask a professional family member to be my mentor, December-Look into possible high schools.”

 

Write down your own ideas for the next year:

 

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Organize Tip #9: Your Behavior

 

Your behavior does not belong to your parents, your teachers or anyone else. Good or bad behaviors are simply daily (habits) vocabulary, questions, thoughts and emotions practiced over and over. The behaviors you share with others are the ones you have practiced the most.

 

 

Example of using “affirmation” to organized your behavior:

 

“I choose to practice ONLY healthy thoughts about myself and others.”

 

Write down your own ideas for organizing your behaviors:

 

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Organize Tip #10: Your Vision

 

Creating a digital vision board is critical for middle school success. Take a few pictures with your phone or ipad of what you would like to experience in high school and create a digital photo library or download free apps and examples from the internet.

 

Example of a vision board:

 

“I love getting to school on time.”

 

Create your own vision board using a digital app from your phone or ipad.

 

Emotional Prep 101

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emotional Prep 101 Vocabulary

 

Add and study these words in your personalized middle school vocabulary book.

 

 

Emotions: Controlling your energy.

 

 

Empathy: Share the feelings of others.

 

 

Encourage: Motivate and inspire yourself and others to experience their highest potential.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emotional Prep 101 in preparing for middle school is all about practicing emotional intelligence skills.

 

Emotional intelligence is key for succeeding with your studies, your friendships and with your goals.

 

Taking responsibility for how you feel is an emotional skill you should master before graduating middle school.

 

No one can make you feel angry or happy. Your emotions belong only to you and can only be fixed by you.

 

Practicing healthy emotions is an emotional banking discipline that raises the bar for students who excel.

 

In the next few pages I will share some emotional intelligence tips for banking healthy emotions during middle school.

 

 

Emotional Tip# 1: Love

 

Banking the emotionally intelligence skill of love means to be patient and kind to yourself and others.

 

Example of how to bank the emotional skill of love:

 

“Being kind to my parents and being patient with my homework.”

 

Write down your own ideas for banking the emotional skill of love:

 

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Emotional Tip# 2: Happiness

 

Banking the emotionally intelligence skill of happiness means to be joyful at all times, especially when others push your buttons.

 

Example of how to bank the emotional skill of happiness:

 

“Identify the things that bring happiness into your life and do them.”

 

Write down your own ideas for banking the emotional skill of happiness:

 

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Emotional Tip# 3: Peace

 

Banking the emotionally intelligence skill of peace means to be calm in your mind. Setting the atmosphere of peace is a very powerful skill to practice.

 

Example of how to bank the emotional skill of peace:

 

“Invest two minutes at the beginning of each activity to take deep breaths to bring calmness to your mind and body.”

 

Write down your own ideas for banking the emotional skill of peace:

 

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Emotional Tip# 4: Patience

 

Banking the emotionally intelligence skill of patience means to accept delay without being anxious. Anxiety and worries are signs of loosing emotional power.

 

Example of how to bank the emotional skill of patience:

 

“Allow someone to go ahead of you when you are rushing.”

 

Write down your own ideas for banking the emotional skill of patience:

 

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Emotional Tip# 5: Kindness

 

Banking the emotionally intelligence skill of kindness means to care about yourself and others.

 

Example of how to bank the emotional skill of kindness:

 

“Creating a gratitude card for

one person daily.”

 

Write down your own ideas for banking the emotional skill of kindness:

 

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Emotional Tip# 5: Generosity

 

Banking the emotionally intelligence skill of generosity means to share your abundance with others.

 

Example of how to bank the emotional skill of generosity:

 

“Treat others the way you would like to be treated, with kindness!”

 

Write down your own ideas for banking the emotional skill of generosity:

 

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Emotional Tip# 6: Self-Control

 

Banking the emotionally intelligence skill of self-control means to practice restriction (self-discipline).

 

Example of how to bank the emotional skill of self-control:

 

“Allow your others to finish their sentence”. Practice restriction, by not cutting them off.

 

Write down your own ideas for banking the emotional skill of self-control:

 

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Emotional Tip# 7: Gentleness

 

Banking the emotionally intelligence skill of gentleness means to practice compassion (humility).

 

Example of how to bank the emotional skill of gentleness:

 

“Allow yourself and others to make

mistakes without judgment.”

 

Write down your own ideas for banking the emotional skill of gentleness:

 

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Emotional Tip# 8: Forgiveness

 

Banking the emotionally intelligence skill of forgiveness means to practice mercy (let it go).

 

Example of how to bank the emotional skill of forgiveness:

 

“Forgive yourself and others quickly (within 24 hours) whenever an offense is committed.”

 

Write down your own ideas for banking the emotional skill of forgiveness:

 

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Emotional Tip# 9: Integrity

 

Banking the emotionally intelligence skill of integrity means to practice honesty (good character).

 

Example of how to bank the emotional skill of integrity:

 

“Never doubt your personal integrity.

It is priceless”

 

Write down your own ideas for banking the emotional skill of integrity:

 

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Emotional Tip# 10: Commitment

 

Banking the emotionally intelligence skill of commitment means to practice loyalty (responsibility).

 

Example of how to bank the emotional skill of commitment:

 

“Keep your WORD or do not make a

promise you cannot keep.”

 

Write down your own ideas for banking the emotional skill of commitment:

 

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Physical Prep 101

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physical Prep 101 Vocabulary

 

Add and study these words in your personalized middle school vocabulary book.

 

 

Leadership: Self-Management.

 

 

Volunteer: Helping with caring for others.

 

 

Mind Map: Using a diagram to think visually.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physical Prep 101 in preparing for middle school is all about taking massive action.

 

Being self-motivated is key for succeeding with preparing mentally, emotionally and physically during middle school.

 

Without taking self-motivated actions you will end up being left behind when it comes time to receive the rewards from taking action.

 

One of things to pay attention when taking action is, not to get busy doing too many things at the same time.

 

Use your time wisely by training yourself to focus on completing one task at a time.

 

In the next few pages I will share some physical tips for preparing skillfully in grade 6, grade 7 and grade 8.

 

 

 

 

Preparing for Grade 6:

 

In Language Arts:

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p<>{color:#000;}. Read nonfiction history books, especially biographies such as “Who is Malala Yousafzai”

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p<>{color:#333;}. Conduct interviews for research

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p<>{color:#333;}. Learn how to do surveys (check out survey monkey)

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p<>{color:#333;}. Learn how to read and compose footnotes and bibliographies

 

In Math and Science:

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p<>{color:#333;}. Inquire about technology and how things work

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p<>{color:#333;}. Format numbers through scientific notation

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p<>{color:#333;}. Use computers for calculations, graphing, etc.

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p<>{color:#333;}. Untangle complicated word problems

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p<>{color:#333;}. Learn about probability, statistics, and percentages

 

 

 

 

In History and Social Studies:

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p<>{color:#333;}. Engage more closely with ideas by using primary documents

*
p<>{color:#333;}. Consider world events through various perspectives

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p<>{color:#333;}. Complete current events assignments

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p<>{color:#000;}. Become interested in philosophy

 

In Community Service Outreach:

*
p<>{color:#333;}. Check out volunteermatch.org to find volunteer opportunities in your community

*
p<>{color:#000;}. Consider helping out with community activities that care for the poor and needy

*
p<>{color:#333;}. Set monthly volunteer goals

*
p<>{color:#333;}. Keep track of completed volunteer hours for your college application later on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Leadership:

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Run for office (class president, secretary, or a position that is challenging)

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p<>{color:#333;}. Start your own leadership club on or off campus

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p<>{color:#333;}. Mentor one person on a subject you or skill you have already mastered

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p<>{color:#333;}. Read one leadership book weekly

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p<>{color:#333;}. Create a digital vocabulary for grade 6

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p<>{color:#333;}. Ask a professional family member to mentor you monthly

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p<>{color:#333;}. Create a personalized vision board for 6th grade

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p<>{color:#333;}. Prepare and deliver a “Thank You” to someone that added value to your life monthly

*
p<>{color:#333;}. Use a digital planner to increase your effectiveness

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p<>{color:#000;}. Email mailto:[email protected]@gmail.com proof of your completed volunteer hours to qualify to win a $1000 scholarship. (Verbal confirmation of volunteer source required).

 

 

Preparing for Grade 7

 

In Language Arts:

*
p<>{color:#333;}. Read longer books, many involving issues of fairness and negotiation

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p<>{color:#333;}. Learn to appreciate the merits of essay revision and polishing

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p<>{color:#000;}. Discuss with your teacher and parents literary elements of books like setting, character, plot, and themes

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p<>{color:#000;}. Acquire a rich and varied language arts vocabulary

 

In Math and Science:

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p<>{color:#333;}. Interpret charts and graphs

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p<>{color:#333;}. Explore the microscopic world

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p<>{color:#333;}. Solve problems involving decimals, fractions, percentage, and geometry

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p<>{color:#333;}. Utilize geometrical tools like the compass and protractor

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p<>{color:#333;}. Begin learning algebra, the concept of zero, and negative numbers

*
p<>{color:#333;}. Become interested in geometry

 

 

In History and Social Studies:

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p<>{color:#333;}. Increase interest in politics, and social justice through lessons on the environment, historical conflicts, and ethics

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p<>{color:#000;}. Become interested psychology

 

In Community Service Outreach:

*
p<>{color:#333;}. Check out volunteermatch.org plus other non-profit organizations to find volunteer opportunities in your community

*
p<>{color:#333;}. Consider serving as a committee member on community projects that care for the poor and needy

*
p<>{color:#333;}. Set monthly volunteer goals

*
p<>{color:#333;}. Keep track of completed volunteer hours for your college application later on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Leadership:

*
p<>{color:#333;}. Run for office (class president, secretary, or a position that is challenging)

*
p<>{color:#333;}. Mentor someone with starting their own leadership club on or off campus

*
p<>{color:#000;}. Mentor one person on a subject or skill you have mastered in grade 6

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p<>{color:#333;}. Read two kids leadership books weekly

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p<>{color:#333;}. Create a digital vocabulary for grade 7

*
p<>{color:#333;}. Ask a professional family member to mentor you monthly

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p<>{color:#333;}. Create a personalized vision board for 7th grade

*
p<>{color:#333;}. Use a digital planner and mind map to increase your effectiveness

*
p<>{color:#333;}. Prepare and deliver a “Thank You” to someone that added value to your life weekly

*
p<>{color:#000;}. Email mailto:[email protected]@gmail.com proof of your completed volunteer hours to qualify to win a $1000 scholarship. (Verbal confirmation of volunteer source required).

 

 

 

 

Preparing for Grade 8

 

 

In Language Arts:

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p<>{color:#333;}. Construct lengthier, more structured research reports

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p<>{color:#333;}. Experiment with wordplay and the different purposes of writing

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p<>{color:#333;}. Use literature and writing to express and understand yourself and others skillfully

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p<>{color:#333;}. Explore aesthetic techniques in literature

 

In Math and Science:

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p<>{color:#333;}. Interpret a greater range of graphical representations

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p<>{color:#333;}. Solve basic algebra equations with one unknown variable

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p<>{color:#000;}. Become interested in Calculus

 

In History and Social studies:

*
p<>{color:#333;}. Discuss how current events relate to various studies

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p<>{color:#333;}. Investigate solutions for the world’s problems

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p<>{color:#000;}. Study cultural traditions

 

 

 

In Community Service Outreach:

*
p<>{color:#333;}. Check out volunteermatch.org plus other non-profit organizations to find volunteer opportunities in your community

*
p<>{color:#333;}. Consider serving as a committee member on community projects that care for the poor and needy

*
p<>{color:#333;}. Set monthly volunteer goals

*
p<>{color:#333;}. Keep track of completed volunteer hours for your college application later on

*
p<>{color:#333;}. Collect appreciation letters and awards from nonprofit organization for completed middle school community service work

*
p<>{color:#000;}. Organize and file letters and completed hours to be used for your college application

 

In Leadership:

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p<>{color:#333;}. Run for office (class president, secretary, or a position that is challenging)

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p<>{color:#000;}. Mentor one elementary student with preparing for middle school

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p<>{color:#000;}. Mentor one person on a subject or skill you have mastered in grade 7

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p<>{color:#000;}. Read one teen leadership book weekly

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p<>{color:#000;}. Create a digital vocabulary for grade 8

*
p<>{color:#000;}. Ask a professional in the area of career interest to mentor you monthly

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p<>{color:#333;}. Register at your local community college to take your first college course during the summer (only for advance students)

*
p<>{color:#000;}. Create a personalized vision board for 8th grade

*
p<>{color:#000;}. Use a digital planner, mind map and goals setting apps to increase your effectiveness

*
p<>{color:#333;}. Prepare and deliver one “Thank You” card to someone that adds value to your life daily

*
p<>{color:#000;}. Email mailto:[email protected]@gmail.com proof of your completed volunteer hours to qualify to win a $1000 scholarship. (Verbal confirmation of volunteer source required).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Kids Books by Yvonne Brooks

 

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Financial Wisdom 4 Kids

 

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Relationship Management 4 Kids

 

Entrepreneurship 4 Kids

 

Leadership Skills 4 Kids

 

Effective Communication Skills 4 Kids

 

 

 

 

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With Gratitude

 

Yvonne Brooks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Middle School Prep: 3 Steps to Success

Each year should be planned out carefully so as to take full responsibility at the beginning for your successes or mistakes you may experience along the way. To arrange and plan your middle school years takes effort, discipline and commitment to success. Your successes or mistakes will always be your responsibility not your parents. Recognizing this fact early in life will spare you a lot of headache in the future. In this book, I will share some valuable information and tips for preparing mentally, emotionally and physically for middle school.

  • ISBN: 9781311813527
  • Author: Yvonne Brooks
  • Published: 2016-07-04 00:05:50
  • Words: 2824
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