Emotional Literacy

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!

Miss McConnell

Story Time

Below you will find different Emotional Literacy based stories and some tasks.

There are some download links for resources to help you with the tasks, and picture resources after the stories for people who cannot download Word documents.

At the very bottom of the page, you will find resource videos to help you with the tasks too.

Please Tweet me at @MsMcConnellSfL to show me any pictures you draw or videos you make.

Story Tasks

Watch the story videos below and choose some tasks from the grid to complete. Some stories have extra tasks under the videos.


Story Videos

‘When I’m Feeling Happy’ by Trace Moroney

‘When I’m Feeling Sad’ by Trace Moroney

‘When I’m Feeling Angry’ by Trace Moroney

Anger is a normal emotion, everyone feels angry from time to time and that is ok! It is how we express or deal with our anger that sometimes causes problems.

It is not OK to express our anger but hurting other people, in body or mind, or by breaking things around us.

Hitting, kicking, punching, slapping, pinching, screaming in peoples faces, calling people names or swearing at them is not OK.

Neither is breaking our own or other peoples’ property.

Keeping our anger bottled up inside us does not hep us either.


Think of all the different things that help you to cool down when you are angry. Ask your family what helps them to cool down.

Make a cool down plan: find a space you can go to for time alone, make a cool down/sensory box.

The next time you feel angry, use the strategies you have talked about with your family to help you cool down.

When you are ready and sure that you have cooled down, talk to your family or a trusted person about what makes you feel angry. Why did it make you feel angry? What could be different?

‘When I’m Feeling Disappointed’ by Trace Moroney

‘When I’m Feeling Scared’ by Trace Moroney

‘When I’m Feeling Love’ by Trace Moroney

There are different types of love.

Love for our parents and family, love for our friends, love for our pets, love for our husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend, love for our favourite food, love for a movie star, singer or sports person.

The adults in school even love the children we work with!


Talk to your family about a time you have felt love from someone, or felt love for someone or something. How did it make you feel?

‘When I’m Feeling Lonely’ by Trace Moroney

At this time, many people feel lonely because they cannot see their family, friends or go to work or school.

Do you know someone who might be lonely?

Can you write them a letter, draw them a picture, call them or Face Time to chat to them and let them know you are thinking about them? Ask your family to help you contact them.

‘When I’m Feeling Nervous’ by Trace Moroney

‘When I’m Feeling Jealous’ by Trace Moroney

‘When I’m Feeling Kind’ by Trace Moroney

These days, lots of people talk about kindness and how important it is to be kind.

What is kindness?

Kindness is NOT:

– Telling someone to ‘be kind’ when they have done or said something you do not like.

– Posting pictures that say ‘be kind’ on social media.

– Saying something nice to just to show others you are kind or be praised for being kind.

Kindness IS:

– Remembering that other people might be having a hard time, feel down, stressed or think and act in a different way than you do. Be patient with them and do not expect them to act the way you want them to.

– Choosing to say nice things when people can hear you AND when they cannot. Kind people are kind all of the time, not just when they have an audience.

Respecting other people and their differences, there is room in the world for everyone.


Think of the kind people you know or times when people have been kind to you. What did they do? How did you know they were kind?

Draw a picture, write a list of their kind actions or write/tell a story about the time they were kind to you. How did you feel when they were kind?

Picture Resources

Body outline tool for stress | SelfharmUk

Video Resources