Optimistic Oreda – Positive Thinking
Optimistic Oreda is the fifteenth of the 26 stories from the Powerful You book.
Powerful You is a comprehensive life-guide for families, educators, therapists, or anyone working with youth (ages 7-11). Anna is the first letter of the alphabet, the letter A and tells a heartfelt story from a child who has struggled with family changes. Lessons in Powerful You follow the ASCA National Standards, which were developed by The American School Counselor Association. This proactive tool encourages children to have empathy towards others and build positive relationships in the classroom or home. Created by an educator who has worked with children for over 30 years.
The Letter O, Optimistic includes:
Oreda’s story: A true story about positive thinking..
Powerful Self-Talk: A positive affirmation about positive thinking, “I live life full on.” Children will call upon each memorized “Positive Self Talk” during challenging times that arrive in life.
Reflect and Shine Time: Encourages children to interact and share personal experiences. This non-judgmental talking time allows participants to connect, release, and reflect or if in a group - learn from each other. It can also be used as a quiet activity where children can journal their thoughts.
Activities: A full page of activities are on the second page to encourage children to change their negative thoughts to positive thoughts. The page starts with a positive quote explaining how your thinking finally becomes your destiny. A lesson on whether you are an optimistic person or pessimistic person is included for children to determine their thinking patterns. A fun yoga man will also check their application of positive thinking.
These stories and activities will empower children to create the life they want, regardless of what has happened to them.
ASCA National Standards: Each of the stories in Powerful You, like Anna, follows the ASCA National Standards.
Here is the key:
Optimistic Oreda covers: A:A1.2, A:A1.3, C:A2.7, PS:A1.8, PS:B1.2
The ASCA National Standards was developed by the American School Counselor Association. It was created for students and to help school counselors in their work with students. The ASCA National Standards can be used to identify and prioritize the specific attitudes, knowledge and skills that students should be able to demonstrate as a result of participating in a school counseling program.
Explore the ASCA National Standards in Powerful You:
More About the Book: Powerful You was written by Julie Frizzi and is a comprehensive life-guide for families, educators, therapists, or anyone working with youth (ages 7-11). This proactive tool encourages children to have empathy towards others and build positive relationships in the classroom or home. Created by an educator who has worked with children for over 30 years, Powerful You is a colorful, easy-to-use resource book consists of true stories told by classroom children from letter A-Z. There are 110 pages with beautiful hand drawn illustrations.
Powerful You follows the letters of the alphabet with each chapter telling a heartfelt story from a child who has struggled. After the true story is read aloud, “Reflect and Shine Time” is given which encourages children to interact and share personal experiences. This non-judgmental talking time allows participants to connect, release, and reflect or if in a group - learn from each other. Stories also include a positive self-talk. Children will call upon each memorized “Positive Self Talk” during challenging times that arrive in life. Here are some of the sensitive school and home issues discussed in Powerful You: Friendship, Bullying, Divorce, Grief, Problem-solving, Teamwork, Peer pressure, and Self-confidence
Bullying for example is a concern among both educators and parents. Bullying begins in a setting that lacks community or connectedness. Powerful You is a tool to help transform any classroom or home environment by providing a tool to address concerns like bullying at the core – with community and connectedness woven into each story.
Praise for Powerful You: “Finally, a book that encourages children to talk about their feelings, friendship issues, school struggles, dreams, and so many other important growing up concerns!”
About the Author: Julie Frizzi has been an educator for over 30 years. While searching for the perfect guidance curriculum, she discovered children learned best by listening to true stories from other children their age. Each story in Powerful You was created out of her experience working with children, counseling them and learning from their lives. In Powerful You, you will meet these children and their stories will come alive. Each lesson includes a powerful affirmation, self-discovery journaling questions and a variety of inspiring activities/tips for children. 25 minutes of time invested with Powerful You promises to be time saved in the classroom by reducing discipline issues. Plus, it is guaranteed to be FUN and INSPIRING for everyone involved.