October 2, 2019

Character EssentialsSM for October

Welcome to Emojiville, where the emotional state of the residents is instantly recognizable.

? – Happy  🙁  – Sad   ? – Indifferent ?– Angry

If only it was this easy in the real world.

Learning to Manage Emotions

Learning to recognize, express and manage feelings takes work and it should start early. As children grow and begin to experience feelings, both in themselves and others, it can be curious and at times frustrating.

In October, the theme for our Character EssentialsSM curriculum is We Have Feelings. “The goal this month is to help children identify, describe and appropriately express feelings, and to help them develop a sense of empathy toward others” said Kiddie Academy Vice President of Education Richard Peterson. “They’ll also learn about self-awareness and self-regulation, traits that will help them manage their emotions, so they can develop positive relationships with others later in life.”

Emotions in the Classroom

Beginning in our infant rooms, we work to support each child physically and emotionally to create an environment where they can feel safe expressing their feelings. For these youngest of students, as they begin to experience the full spectrum of emotions, it can be confusing or overwhelming dealing with these feelings. That’s why, beginning in our toddler rooms, we make children feel safe and secure and nurture their attachments with caregivers. That helps them become more at ease displaying and ultimately understanding their emotions.

As they get older, children are encouraged to articulate their feelings and use self-calming techniques when they’re overwhelmed. We also begin to expand their understanding of emotions beyond their own experience. We teach them how to take cues from others to understand how they’re feeling. Developing a sense of empathy strengthens their relationships with others.

Continue Learning at Home

Learning doesn’t stop in our classroom. Here are some tips from our friends at PBS for Parents on how you can extend the learning to your home:

An activity you can do at home with your child to help them learn about their feelings is to have them draw pictures that illustrate their feelings. You can download this sketch sheet that they can use for their drawings.

Reading with your child is always a good way to help them learn. Here are some books about feelings suggested by the Kiddie Academy Education Department:

Calm-Down Time, by Elizabeth Verdick (Appropriate for toddlers, 2-year-olds)

Duck and Goose: How Are You Feeling, by Tad Hills (toddlers, 2s)

Little Monkey Calms Down, by Michael Dahl (toddlers, 2s)

The Feelings Book, by Todd Parr (3-year-olds)

My Many Colored Days, by Dr. Seuss (3s)

The Very Frustrated Monster, by Andi Green (3s)

The Way I Act, by Steve Metzger (3s)

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