Emotional literacy is a child's ability to understand and express feelings. Here are my top three tips for helping your child build emotional literacy!
- Build a feelings vocabulary: There are so many great resources for learning feelings words, from cards to books to movies. Use fun ways to teach your child words that go beyond happy, sad or mad!
- Ask about your child's feelings: Go past questions like, "How was your day?" Instead, ask specific questions about your child's life such as, "How did that history test go?" or "What happened when you talked to you teacher today?"
- Be a model: Show your child that it's normal to have a range of emotions by sharing what you feel in your daily life. For example, "I felt worried that I'd be late to picking you up when I got into traffic." This normalized experiencing feelings for your child.
These great products from Amazon.com can help you build your child's emotional literacy:
Todd Parr makes understanding feelings fun with these 20 sturdy flash cards featuring 40 different emotions.
Contains 30 face cards, each with face on front.
Illustrates the wide range of moods we all experience. Kids and adults will appreciate Todd Parr's quirky intelligence as he pays special attention to the ever-changing, sometimes nonsensical emotions that we all feel.
Silly, cranky, excited or sad – everyone has moods that can change each day. Jamie Lee Curtis's zany and touching verse, paired with Laura Cornell's whimsical and original illustrations, helps kids explore, identify and, even have fun with their ever-changing moods.
Filled with vivid, expressive illustrations that help children ages 2 to 8 describe their emotions and understand that feelings are a normal part of life.
Daniel Tiger invites young viewers directly into his world, giving them a kids' eye view of his life and making them feel like one of his neighbors.
Ruby invites kids into her beautiful art studio for a day of fun and learning through engaging animation, art project and original music.
A craft and game where children get to explore their feelings and the feelings of others through various everyday situations. Included in the project are all the materials, visual instructions as well as extension activities such as Emotions Guessing game, which helps kids develop their emotional intelligence further.
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