Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Learning To Express Feelings

As anyone who's been reading our blog knows, we are working with Cava to be able to learn to express his feelings. One of the books that we are reading with him is Todd Parr's The Feelings Book.

Inside the book are colorful illustrations that show an emotion such as "Sometimes I feel silly" or "Sometimes I feel scared." Cava's favorite is, of course, "Sometimes I feel like standing on my head."

Along with the book, we are playing a game with Cava where we hide our face behind our hands and then open them in a peek-a-boo fashion and make a face that Cava has to tell us what emotion we are showing (happy, sad, mad). Then, when he guesses right, he gets to make a face and then we guess.

There are a series of flash cards that go along with the book that I'm also looking into getting.

Another book we read to him is Sandra Boynton's Happy Hippo, Angry Duck. You can't go wrong with a book by her.

And, of course, there's Dr. Seuss' awesome My Many Colored Days.

We also love to sing and dance to R.E.M.'s remake of their own song that they did for Sesame Street called "Furry Happy Monsters."

Then there's the book that I'm reading by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson entitled The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind. Chapter 5 of the book is dedicated to helping you teach your child how to share their feelings and express themselves through words.

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