Learning about feelings is not as simple as it used to be! Why not take the next step and try and learn about understanding feelings, managing emotions, and developing emotional empathy for others? Read on!
Identifying Emotions for Kids
Communication is important, but it can be difficult to explain our feelings if we don’t know the names for them! Scratch Garden’s Feelings Song Video can help – through music and repetition – to help learners memorize common emotions. Afterwards, students should have no difficulty saying that they feel sad, happy, angry, silly, nervous, jealous, bored, scared, excited, and mad.
Moving into Social & Emotional Learning
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) – sometimes called Social Emotional Development or Emotional Intelligence – is an emerging subject that is starting to be talked about more and more within the classroom. According to casel.org:
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
In short, it is not enough just to know feelings by their names! How we feel is important (self-awareness), but how we respond to how we feel is more important. In addition, realizing that others may feel different than you (social awareness) is a key ingredient in learning the valuable skill of empathy.
Our Feelings Song helps to teach Social and Emotional Learning by talking about aspects of emotion management for kids right in the lyrics:
You may not feel the same as everyone else,
You could feel different, and that’s OK!
How do other people feel? Just look around you,
Everyone has feelings in their own way!
Learn About Feelings and Emotions with the Feelings Song!
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