Emotional literacy is one of the foundational building blocks for your child’s future mental & emotional health.
Emotional literacy is made up of…
💛 NOTICING EMOTIONS: being able to identify when they, or someone else, is feeling an emotion.
💛 NAMING EMOTIONS: being able to label each emotional state (eg. Happy, Sad, Angry, Scared).
💛 UNDERSTANDING EMOTIONS: knowing the meaning of the main emotions, & how to manage them in healthy ways.
To promote the development of emotional literacy in children, at home & in the classroom, you can:
🍃 Practice naming different emotions as they arise
🍃 Read books about characters experiencing different emotions
🍃 Talk openly about feelings
🍃 Use empathy in conflict resolution - “How do you think _______ might be feeling?”
🍃 Use emotions check-ins - “How are you feeling today?”
🍃 Use emotional problem solving - “When we feel _________ what do you think we could do that would help us & others?”
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