Many 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:
Counting helps me settle down,
Counting helps to fade my frown:
Excited: Bounced around to “Popcorn”