This week in Guidance, we continued to talk about feelings; however, our focus shifted from identifying how other people are feeling to ways that we can cope with our own negative emotions. We read the books When Emily Woke Up Angry by Raina Duncan and When I Feel Angry by Cornelia Maude Spelman. We brainstormed and practiced many things that we can do to help us calm down when dealing with negative feelings through the use of classroom centers. Some of the students favorite strategies shown in the picture are described here.
This week in Guidance, we talked about feelings. We read Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis and played several different games to help develop our emotional vocabulary and awareness of the feelings of others. Your child will benefit from having an expansive emotional vocabulary in many ways. It plays a large role in helping your child build empathy—a skill that is essential in showing caring behavior toward others. It also helps your child read social cues—a skill that will help them better monitor people's reactions to their behaviors and respond in a socially appropriate manner. Children who are able to identify and express their own feelings are also going to be much more effective in resolving conflicts with peers.
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