Changing Charlie - Creating Healthy Habits

Changing Charlie - Creating Healthy Habits

Hello Powerful You Educators!

It has been said that we have 60,000 thoughts a day and that 55,000 of those thoughts are automatic. We brush our teeth, drive to work, hang our keys in the same place…. We automatically do so many things. Of these 60,000 thoughts, 50,000 of them are negative!! How can this be?

Our brain gets used to patterns even in our thinking. Our brain chooses thoughts to stay safe, seek pleasure, and avoid pain. What thoughts in your head do you need to change? Take time today and watch your thoughts. Are they even true? Does your brain tell you things to try to keep you safe so you don’t step out of your comfort zone? Can you change your thoughts to something positive? Make it a great day! The choice is 100% yours.

Much Appreciation,

Mrs. Frizzi from Powerful You

Meet Changing Charlie from Powerful You Intermediate

Today I’d like you to meet Charlie.

Changing Charlie is the third of the stories from Powerful You (grades 2-adult). Charlie is used by teachers, schools and school counselors to help encourage critical-thinking skills to make informed decisions (ASCA Behavior – Learning Strategy Standard 1) and healthy habits. Charlie also fosters development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional and physical well-being (ASCA Mindset 1).

Free Classroom Video

Here is the classroom video to use before lesson C - Changing Charlie in you classroom or home.

Powerful You Intermediate Instructions

Changing Charlie is one of the 26 stories from Powerful You (grades 2-adult). You can incorporate Powerful You easily into your classroom or school to help with Social Emotional Learning and the development of other important skills. Use 20-25 minutes per week for each of the 26 social skills lessons.

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.

Healthy Habits Quotes

Here are a few of my favorite healthy habits quotes:

“Believe in your ability to create change. If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” Frank A. Clark

“With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice.” Oprah

“Be miserable or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done is your choice.” Dr. Wayne Dyer

“If you quit once, it becomes a habit. So don’t quit.”

Additional Resources

Neurons are always firing together to create new pathways in the brain. Here are some great books for kids.


Also check out: A great resource for creating healthy habits.


Get Changing Charlie’s Story for Your Classroom, School or Home

Charlie knows he must make sure he is taking good care of his incredible machine made of blood and love and hope! Charlie will help you create healthy habits. You can find Charlie’s story in the Powerful You book and Educator Cards below.

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