Children (and adults) have a difficult time with emotions. Many children have trouble recognizing how they are feeling and often think they are bad or wrong for feeling certain ways. Some kids get taken over by their emotions, and other try to shun negative emotions all together, neither of which is healthy.
The first PowerPoint is aimed at getting children first to recognize their emotions and how it makes their bodies and minds feel and then to understand that positive and negative emotions are necessary and healthy, and that all emotions are fleeting and will come and go.
The second PowerPoint focuses on teaching children healthy ways to deal with negative emotions. It's a part mindfulness-based approach where the children learn to accept and express how they are feeling, and is then combined with strategies to keep emotions from ruling them.
Overview of 1st PowerPoint-Understanding Emotions :
•Begins by explaining the nature of emotions: they come, stay for a while and make you feel a certain way, then leave.
•Emphasizes that all emotions can be normal and healthy, even if we don't like them.
•Introduces several different emotions with short interactive activities
•Students read a story and try to determine how a the character would be feeling
•Students are taught that learning to understand your emotions is a great talent to have, and they can all learn to do it with practice
•Students practice recognizing how their minds and bodies feel when certain emotions happen, with interactive portions and many visuals.
Overview of 2nd PowerPoint Managing Difficult Emotions:
You may need to split this into two sessions if your students have trouble focusing for too long. I tried shortening it, but I didn't want to leave out anything important.
•Begins by short review of the 1st PowerPoint explaining the transient nature of emotions
•Explains that negative emotions can be healthy and shouldn't be avoided with examples of the importance of certain "bad" emotions
•Help students learn to balance their emotions and avoid shunning emotions or letting them take over
•Students are given tools to help them deal with negative emotions- accept how they are feeling, talk to someone, use a calming-down technique, and problem solve to prevent further outbursts.
•A list of calming-down techniques is provided, along with a poster
Mac-friendly version included (PowerPoint still required). This PowerPoint has no audio.
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