Divorce is tough! Here are some of my favorite ways to support students through a changing family situation.
Here are some of my favorite titles to read with my students:
Dinosaurs Divorce by L. Brown
When Mom and Dad Separate by M. Heegaard
Fred Stays With Me! By N. Coffelt
Kara Kangaroo’s Candy by L. Weisz
The D Word by J. Cook
When My Parents Forgot How To Be Friends by J. Mallinos
Divorce Is Not The End Of The World by E. Stern
My Family Is Forever by N. Carlson
Was It The Chocolate Pudding? By S. Levins
The Enormous Suitcase by M.Martchenko
Don’t Fall Apart on Saturdays! by A. Moser
Living With Mom and Living With Dad by M. Walsh
Taking The “Duh” Out of Divorce by T. Romain
Need more titles? Check out my great big book list.
Here are some of my favorite activities to partner with the books!
My Feel Better Plan– have students create their own coping plan.
Parent Brochure: Supporting Students Through A Divorce– in color or black and white printing options. Print and go!
Coping Skills Flip Book– digital so it makes it easy to share via e-mail.
Games and Crafts
My favorite game ever! This is a super fun game that allows the kids to take turn creating banana splits, while answering questions about their feelings, changes that have happened, ways to relax, etc. Everyone in my group enjoys this game and I like the round table discussion that comes from it.
Banana Split Paper Craft
Banana: Write one thing that has changed since the divorce and how you dealt with it or a reminder to yourself to stay flexible.
Ice Cream: 3 scoops; on each scoop write one way to relax.
Chocolate sauce: Name feelings you are having or have had since the divorce.
Nuts: Write down ways you can deal or things you can do when things get ‘bumby.”
Sprinkles: Write down 3 great things that have happened: since the divorce, this month, this week.
Cherry: Write a hopeful message to yourself.