Those are just a few of the games we used his year.
The preparation and daily practice helped the children with the lesson concepts. We were able to list emotions and used a visual to assist us. We talked and shared times where we had felt strong emotions and how we reacted. Everyone was able to share a time they wished they could take back an action or hurtful words. This helped the children realize everyone has had a similar experience. We discussed a strategy where we could breathe and then label the strong emotion. That this gave us a bit more time to pause , reflect a bit and respond with our Wise Owl. We talked about how feelings are normal and it is how we respond not react that is the challenge.
This lesson will be broken into two parts and we will explore how emotions feel in our body in the next lesson. We will learn the difference of an emotion and a sensation.
This lesson about becoming more mindful of our emotions had a long period of practice & preparation so the children could be successful. We began the year and maintained a daily practice of starting each day sharing a 'great positive thought' followed by a structured feeling statement about a current feeling. We learned to mindfully listen and toss a bean bag with eye contact and intent. During Pirate Club ( our SEL class) we played numerous games involving emotions/moods , worked with a few unthinkables that prevent us from thinking before we act and learned concrete strategies that helped us respond to our thoughts and emotions instead of react to them. (More here on unthinkables.) Just before the lesson, we read MY Many Colored Days by Dr. Suess, wrote a poem about our feelings, created a water color project and sun catcher . You can see these here.
After the lesson the children completed a page in their notebook. They drew a face with an emotion and colored it lightly with the color their emotion felt like.