The Manual to Middle School: The

The Manual to Middle School: The "Do This, Not That" Survival Guide for Guys

by Jonathan Catherman
The Manual to Middle School: The

The Manual to Middle School: The "Do This, Not That" Survival Guide for Guys

by Jonathan Catherman


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The transition from elementary school to middle school can be particularly difficult for boys. Too big to be little and too little to be big, they face the perfect storm of changing bodies, rushing hormones, and learning challenges. They may now begin to struggle with grades, behavior, and relationships with family and friends. Boys are often frustrated and embarrassed by trying to figure out on their own what to do and what not to do in this new environment with new expectations.

Jonathan Catherman and his two sons—one current and one former middle schooler—offer boys ages ten to twelve the practical help they need to make the move to middle school as painlessly as possible. The "do this, not that" format covers a hundred relevant topics and situations middle school boys will face, including school lockers, bullies, test taking, cell phone use, homework, gossip, leadership, respect, sports, and many more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800728472
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/04/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 397,279
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 11 - 13 Years

About the Author

Jonathan Catherman is the author of the bestselling The Manual to Manhood and is a leading education trainer specializing in the character and leadership development of youth. An award-winning cultural strategist, Jonathan speaks worldwide about the principles and strengths that empower greatness in children, teens, and young adults. As both a parent and a professional, Jonathan is committed to assisting young men in the making to experience success and significance as they mature into manhood and lifelong leadership.

Having survived middle school, Reed Catherman is a musician and aspiring stage performer who is committed to earning good grades, building quality relationships, and developing his talents.

As a middle school student, Cole Catherman is an explorer, Boy Scout, and ambitious young engineer who brings fresh insight into the concerns and questions guys have about moving up to middle school.

The Cathermans live in North Carolina. Learn more at

Table of Contents

Introduction: Middle School Madness 7

1st Day 10

Absences 12

Announcements 14

Assemblies 16

Backpacks 18

Bathrooms-Keep It Clean 20

Bathrooms-No Loitering 22

Body Odor 24

Book Reports 26

Bragging 28

Brush Your Teeth 30

Sullies 32

Bus-Take Your Seat 34

Bus-Waste Not, Want Not 36

Car Riders 38

Cell Phones 40

Cheating 42

Clothing Style 44

Cologne 46

Communication 48

Crying 50

Cyberbullies 52

Dances 54

Dating 56

Desks 58

Detention 60

Drinks 62

Elective Classes 64

Emotions 66

Face Wash 68

Farting 70

Fights 72

Fire Drills 74

Food 76

Foot Odor 78

Friends 80

Gaming 82

Get to Class on Time 84

Girl Friends 86

Girl's Friends 88

Gossip 90

Grades 92

Grammar 94

Hair 96

Hall Pass 98

Hallways 100

Handwashing 102

Handwriting 104

Home Room 106

Homeroom 108

Homework 110

Leadership 112

Lockdowns 114

Locker Locks 116

Locker Rooms 118

Lockers 120

Lost and Found 122

Lunch 124

Lunch Line 126

Lying 128

Media Center/Library 130

Money 132

Nail Trimming 134

Name on Your Paper 136

Online 138

Parents 140

PDA 142

Physical Education 144

Pop Quizzes 146

Prepared for Class 148

Principal 150

Problem Solving 152

Puberty 154

Raise Your Hand 156

Reading for Fun 158

Reading for School 160

Report Cards 162

Respect Upperclassmen 164

School Pictures 166

Shaving 168

Showering 170

Siblings 172

Sick Days 174

Skipping School 176

Social Media 178

Sports 180

Stealing 182

Studying 184

Substitute Teachers 186

Swearing 188

Teachers 190

Testing 192

Texting 194

Track the Teacher 196

Trash 198

Voice Changes 200

Voice Volume 202

Writing Papers 204

Yearbook 206

Zombies 208

Riddle Me This 211

Notes 217

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