2 thoughts on “A Better Way to Teach Kids About Emotions

  • June 7, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    I love your resources as they are clear, visual and narrative.
    It would be interesting to explore SEL resources based on the five senses as an internal ways to name and conceptualize, followed by social media personalities or archetype characters (i.e. star wars, angry birds, frozen etc.) according to age/development interests of children.

    I like your concept of linking feeling to trait for context, yet the diversity of characters seems to wide to appeal to many. Prefer one central theme with characters and traits branching to link feeling concepts closer to a narrative.

  • July 8, 2016 at 5:06 am

    This concept is SO much more useful than the feelings charts I’ve been looking at! I have dismissed many of them for the same reasons you stated above – my 3 year old can’t make the connection between how she feels and an emoticon. And while she also doesn’t know most of the characters you have referenced, (nor does her almost 7 year old sister who I’m trying to cater to as well), I can look for characters they DO know and also do more intentional role play with their own toys. I’m so grateful for all the wonderful, highly valuable information you share, Renee. I’m looking forward to exploring the GoZen program with my oldest this summer.


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