feelings and emotionsMany adults find it challenging to express a range of feelings and emotions let alone assist a child in doing so. “The Way I Feel” by Janan Cain is a book to assisting children in developing the vocabulary and exploring appropriate ways of expressing these emotions.

In a few recent groups, I have have sung this book like this:

Each emotion was then further explored using songs such as:

Silly: “Boom, Boom Ain’t it Great to be Crazy”

Scared:  “We’re Going on a Monster Hunt”

Happy:  “When I am happy I can S.M.I.L.E. ”

Sad: “When I am sad”

When I am sad, this is how I look. When I am sad I might cry.

When I am sad I don’t want to play. When I am sad this is how I look.

 Angry: “Angry” (To the tune: One Little Froggy goes hop)

When angry feelings start to mount,
That’s when I take some time to count:
One….Two…..Three….Four…Five.
Counting helps me settle down,
Counting helps to fade my frown:
Six…Seven…Eight…Nine…Ten.

Excited: Bounced around to “Popcorn”

We reviewed our emotions with a seasonal song “Five Little Pumpkins“.

How to you discuss feelings and emotions with children? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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