Adjusting Anna - Changes


Adjusting Anna is the first of the stories from Powerful You (grades 2-adult).

Anna helps children manage transitions and encourages skills to adapt to changing situations and responsibilities. This is one of the ASCA Mindset and Behavior Standards: Self-Management Skill Standard # 10.

Anna also fosters a positive attitude toward work and learning. This is the ASCA Mindset #6. Read on to learn more about Anna’s story and how she learns adjust to change.


3.    Stand tall and practice positive self-talk.

4.   Open the lines of communication by allowing children turn & talk time with each journaling question from the Powerful You Educator Card. (use transition chime to move through questions quickly)

5.   Display the Classroom Social Skills Sign.  Leave a classroom footprint of emotional wellness. 

6.   Use the Powerful You Book for positive quotes and additional activities that correspond to each A-Z lesson. Add your ideas to this resource book.  You are more powerful than you know!  

7.   Purchase The Powerful You Educator Kit . (Includes all resources for grades 3 and up)

8.   See more resources below.

Additional Resources for Adjusting to Change, Helping Children Understand Divorce

A touching book showing all different types of family who give the most important ingredient, LOVE.  Most people have an image in their mind of the perfect family.  Currently, 30 percent of American families are headed by single parents who are divorced, widowed, or never married.  This book does a beautiful job of recognizing differences in family structure, while celebrating that a family is LOVE.  Definitely one of my favorite read alouds for any age on family change.   

Powerful You! In The Middle Cookie Game

Powerful You! In The Middle Cookie Game helps children learn that “kids are the good stuff in the middle of divorce”. This memory game is created for ages 5 and up and can be played with 2-6 players.

Powerful You! In The Middle Cookie Game allows children to talk about and manage “sour pickle” emotions.

“Life is like a pickle. Sometime it’s sweet & sometime’s it’s sour.” - Patricia Kienzle

Players match feeling words, coping strategies, and powerful phrases that open the lines of communication and connection.

School counselors, educators and parents enjoy this easy to use game that empowers children to accept life’s changes and understand that they are the “good stuff” in the middle of divorce.

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Pom Pom Critters are fun to make with kids.  They are also handy to have in the guidance office or home .  When a child is having a "strong" feeling of sadness or worry, they love to put these on their shoulder for an extra WARM "fuzzy".  

This book helps children understand depression.

How Frederick Found His Light
By Katherine McIntyre
Because of Winn-Dixie
By Kate DiCamillo

This book is helpful to a child who is adjusting to a parent being in jail.

Sesame Street videos to help children with incarceraton and trauma. Click here.

Dealing with Divorce Game

A child's favorite book about adjusting in the 1800's.  Great Florida History!

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