The term ‘Emotional Literacy’ was first used by Claude Steiner in 1997 and means, ‘the ability to understand your emotions, the ability to listen to others and empathise with their emotions, and the ability to express emotions productively.’
In this difficult time, our children will be experiencing a lot of different thoughts and emotions, but they often do not know how to express their feelings. This can make them feel frustrated.
Giving children the vocabulary to express their emotions helps them to process how they are feeling and understand themselves better.
In school, we often do an emotional ‘check in’ with children using a resource called ‘Zones of Regulation.’ You can check in with your child at home to see which zone they are in by using this picture or printing of your own copy by clicking the link below.
After they have checked in, ask them why they feel that way- you can check in too!
You can use the following stories and tasks to help build emotional literacy and regulation skills with your children. Watch the videos and do some of the tasks below them.
Week Beginning March 30th 2020
“Sad” by Trace Moroney
- discuss the types of expressions people make when they are sad- the whole family could show sad faces
- look at some pictures on the internet or in books of people looking sad- how do we know they are sad?
- draw a sad face
- identify a person in your family or in your group of friends that you can talk to when you are feeling sad- you might have more than one person
- draw a picture of the person/people you can talk to when you are feeling sad
Week beginning 23rd March 2020
“Happy” by Trace Moroney
- discuss the types of expressions people make when they are happy- the whole family could show happy faces
- look at some pictures on the internet or in books of people looking happy- how do we know they are happy?
- draw a happy face
- talk about all the things you do with your family and friends that make you happy
- draw a picture of you and your family or friends doing something that makes you happy