Helping children identify, understand, and communicate feelings is of utmost importance for a child’s social and emotional development. Teaching the children the vocabulary to help identify, communicate, and regulate their emotions is key to building healthy relationships with their peers, teachers, and families.💙
One great way to introduce emotions is to read a fun book that the children can relate to! The book, My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss is a great avenue to open up the topic of emotions and feelings in little ones!
First, the children listen attentively as the character in the book goes through an array of emotions, including excitement, sadness, happiness, anger, and even confusion. Once they have an opportunity to share their favorite part of the story, the lesson moves over to their desks, where the children will integrate the story in the book with a fun drawing lesson!
The teacher now discusses how a person’s face can help us identify someone else’s emotions, even when they are not ready to use words to tell us how they feel. As a class, they learn how to draw frowning angry faces, sad faces, happy faces, etc.
Next, the children were asked to draw and identify how different colors make them feel! The results are unique, and we now have a great bunch of very emotionally aware kiddos!