Parent Library

It’s easy when your child does their homework, makes the Honor Roll, and listens to your every word. But how do you handle missing homework, lack of motivation, or other problems that creep into school and home? One idea is to ask the experts.

Listed below you will find the titles in the Room 130 Parent Library. The books all focus on common fourth grade problems, issues or attitudes. If you would like to check out one of the below books, just contact me with the title. I’ll send it home with your student.

Parent Library Titles

Homework Problems

Parents with school-aged children will find in this volume the help they need to create an unstressful learning environment in the home and motivate their youngsters to succeed in school.–

Ending the Homework Hassle is filled with down-to-earth, commonsensical advice along with step-by-step directions for implementing a successful homework management system, one that strengthens responsibility, self-sufficiency, and self-esteem. Also discusses retention, underachievement, and attention disorders.–back cover

This well-written, informative book is essential reading for parents. The authors have provided a sound basis for dealing with homework questions and problems. The section on troubleshooting deals with organization, preparing for tests, and handling disagreements with teachers. The rest of the work is divided into chapters for each subject area. Concrete ideas and examples are given. Every chapter also contains a series of questions often asked by parents. The answers are straightforward and practical. The final chapter contains a number of worksheet masters. Most are well developed; the book report section is weak. However, the wealth of superb information makes this an excellent source for teachers and parents.–

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Motivation Problems

The Unmotivated Child focuses on the roots of underachievement, the world of the underachiever, and the pathways to achievement. Explains in detail how to guide students through the change process, how to overcome the “homework trap”, how to work with teachers, and methods for communicating with an underachiever.–back cover

A rich array of suggestions…the kind of down-to-earth advice parents desperately seek when struggling to motivate their underachievers. A six-step program for parents and teachers, effective for both average and gifted students.–back cover

For any parent who has ever been told, “your child isn’t performing up to his or her potential,” this book has the answer. Renowned clinical psychologist Michael Whitley, Ph.D. offers a proven ten-step program to motivate underachieving children. This easy-to follow book identifies the six types of underachievers from the procrastinator to the hidden perfectionist to the con artist, and it presents the ten steps to help children succeed in school-and ultimately, in life.–

“As a TV Mom with six kids and a mother of four in real life, I believe that Dr. Peters provides practical, commonsense parenting guidelines not only as a family contributor to ‘Later Today,’ but also as a mom and a psychologist. Her advice is not only reasonable, but it works!”– Florence Henderson from

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Behavior Problems

Tired of tantrums? Arguments? Acting out? Attitude? Disruptions? Disobedience? Stress? Don’t give up. Help is on the way! Some children are simply more challenging than others. If you’re parenting one of these high-maintenance kids, this book is for you.–back cover

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General Information

The fourth grade presents a number of new academic and social challenges to children, and parents and children alike need all the help they can get. Parent’s Guide to 4th Grade offers just that, with authoritative advice to help parents understand and prepare for the big year ahead. It provides information on the major goals of a typical fourth grade curriculum, fun instructional home activities to reinforce schoolwork, and tips for helping children develop self-esteem and healthy social skills. In addition, there’s advice on fostering a positive parent-teacher relationship and practical solutions for the homework hassles that every parent encounters.–

What happened to that sunny outgoing child of eight? As parents of nine-year-olds often discover, nine is a tricky age. Children are more distant from Mother and Father; they’re more independant and rely on friends for companionship, or they have a tendency to spend time alone. Some nines are boisterous and wild, others thoughtful and withdrawn. Helping parents learn how to cope with the unpredictable nine-year-old is the aim of this practical guide from the Gesell Institute.

Nine-year-olds are hovering on the brink of adolescence, and this in part contributes to their up-and-down nature. Dr. Louis Bates Ames and Carol Chase Haber paint a vivid picture of the child at this age and offer useful advice to make life easier for parents and children alike.–

This is a significantly revised edition of Youth: The Years From Ten to Sixteen , published in 1956. The revision follows the somewhat tedious format of the original, which gives a chronological analysis of white middle-class American youth. It differs from the original in that ages 15 and 16 are excluded and current issues such as smoking, sexual activity, and drugs are discussed. Comparing adolescents today with those of the 1950s, the new work finds, interestingly, that adolescents’ attitudes have remained relatively constant. This is a timely work; the statistics collected should be sobering to many parents and teachers. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.–

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