Emotional literacy is the first step in helping students develop friendship literacy.
It’s important to help kids recognize that we all have many types of emotions, feelings, and moods. Some feelings are positive (feel good) and some are negative (feel bad), but they are all a part of being human. We want our students to have many, many words to describe the complex feelings that go on inside of them.
As Dr Susan David, the author of Emotional Agility states, “When we label our emotions accurately, we are more able to discern the precise cause of our feelings and take concrete steps forward.” In other words, as famously put by Dr Daniel Siegel, “Name it to tame it.”
Help your students expand their ‘feelings words’ vocabulary with this fun, colorful lesson making lil’ Feelings Friends out of thumbprints – inspired by Dr Hazel Harrison’s video describing the Brain House.