PEEP Session 3 – Helping children to understand their feelings.

January 31st, 2018 by martonfs

This week we talked about how young children need reassurance from supportive adults to help them understand their feelings and emotions.

  • Use everyday opportunities to talk to your child, asking them how they feel and telling them how you feel.
  • Recognise the verbal and non-verbal cues that your child uses to express their emotions.
  • Support your child by interacting in a calm tone of voice and helping them to put a name to their feelings.
  • Be a positive role model by showing your child how you react appropriately to your emotions.

As part of this weeks session we made spoon puppets with happy and sad faces to help our children develop an understanding of their feelings.

Ideas to try at home:

  • Look at facial expressions in magazines, on the television or in books, talk about how the people may be feeling.
  • Sing ‘If you’re happy and you know it…’ – change happy to sad/frown, excited/jump up and down etc

*Remember that you can find more information and handouts in the nursery entrance.

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