How do children start to understand who they are, what they are feeling, what they expect to receive from others?
These concepts are at the heart of their social-emotional wellness.
They contribute to a child’s self-confidence and empathy, her ability to develop meaningful and lasting friendships and partnerships, and her sense of importance and value to those around her.
Children’s social-emotional development influences all other areas of development: Cognitive, motor, and language development are all greatly affected by how a child feels about herself and how she is able to express ideas and emotions.
One component of this concept lies in the ability to detect emotions in others.
To do this, we went fishing for our feelings!
Each student was encouraged to select a picture of a person with a particular expression, imitate it, and then name something that made them feel similar.