W - Waiting to Speak Willa - Patience

Waiting to Speak Willa is the Twenty-third of the stories from Powerful You Primary. Willa helps children demonstrate the ability to delay immediate gratification for long-term rewards (ASCA Behavior - Self-Management Skill Standard 4). Al also fosters a positive attitude toward work and learning (ASCA Mindset 6).

Powerful You Primary (K-2) Directions:

  1. Practice Breathing and Stretching with every lesson. https://www.powerfulyou.info/breathe-and-stretch-book.

  2. Read one A-Z Powerful You themed story (26 social skills lessons).

  3. Teach the positive self talk: Say it 3 times out loud.  Then teach children to say it in their head.   Practice with confidence, “W - I can wait!”

  4. Review and post the Classroom Social Skills Sign that compliments each lesson.

  5. Additional Activities: Use the practice/writing from the Powerful You book. 

  6. Role-Play: Allow the children to hold the Powerful You PRIMARY Educator Card and act out different scenarios.

  7. Go to MEET THE KIDS (K-2) on this website for more books and resources for each themed unit. 

  8. Review self-talk from previous lessons until children have memorized every Powerful You letter!  Use the Powerful You PRIMARY Educator cards like giant flash cards! A - I am attentive | B - I am brave…

  9. More resources below

Llama Llama Red Pajama
By Anna Dewdney
Leo the Late Bloomer
By Robert Kraus



Interrupting Chicken
By David Ezra Stein
Julie Frizzi