Adjusting Anna - Divorce


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.


Video: Adjusting Anna’s Lesson on Change


How to Use Powerful You Intermediate (Grade 2 - Adult)

So how do you use Powerful You (grade 2 - adults) in the classroom or at home? Here are 8 steps to integrate each of the 26 social skill lessons in 20 to 25 minutes per week. Are you ready?

1.    Breathe and Stretch before every lesson.  Feel the benefits in YOUR body and mind.  Kids love the breathing ball

2.   Read the true short story from the 8.5 x 11 Powerful You Educator Cards and watch connection radiate in your class.

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.


A Song to Help Children Feel Empowered

Anna found strength by listening to this song by Jordan Sparks when she was sad.  



Additional Resources for Adjusting to Change, Helping Children Understand Divorce

By Roma Downey

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.   

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!

GRADES 3-6rebecca wells