Hi everyone, Sami here! Hope everyone is well and safe 🙂
I know everyone is probably feeling very heightened emotions right now, and that’s okay. Some days are great, some days are just fine and some days are harder than others. So I thought it might be fun to talk about these feelings. When the children in nursery are feeling like that I like to do a fun wee emotions activity. It can be as serious or as silly as you want! Let’s face it, the sillier the better! Some of the emotions we may be feeling are happy! Let’s acknowledge those days 🙂 Some days we may be feeling sad, or scared or even angry. We should acknowledge these days too. Let’s all try it? Look in the mirror and see how you are feeling. Maybe we could even make an emotions journal?
Most importantly, be proud of yourselves for getting through every day! I honestly can’t wait until we are all reunited and can be our wee nursery family once again. Until that day comes, look after yourselves and stay safe! Sami 🙂 x
Helen here, hope you are all well and have been out enjoying the sunshine on your daily walks and in your gardens. ☀
Today I thought I’d start by sharing one of my favourite stories with you called Lucy’s Blue Day by Christopher Duke. Lucy is a very special little girl who has magical hair which changes colour depending on how she is feeling. When she is happy, it turns purple, when she is angry, it turns red! This charming story is the tale of when Lucy wakes up and her hair is blue and she doesn’t understand why! She soon learns that what she is feeling is sadness and that some days, it’s okay to feel sad.
You can find the link to Lucy”s story below
Managing our emotions is hard, whether your four or forty four! Teaching our children to recognise and manage their emotions and feelings is such an important job for us as teachers and parents. There is no one way to help children understand their feelings, but it does take regular interactions to guide our children through the following stages of their emotional development:
Recognising emotions and feelings in themselves and others.
Recognising some physical and emotional responses they have to certain feelings.
Learning to share their emotions verbally.
Learning to deal with their overwhelming emotions in a safe way.
Learning to treat others with kindness and empathy.
During these challenging times I thought it might be helpful to share some ideas on how to support our children with some of the feelings they may find themselves overwhelmed with just now.
One strategy to help reduce stress and worry is using yoga. I found these lovely yoga ideas for children from the childhood101 website and have posted them below:
Another technique I find helpful when I’m feeling worried or stressed is using breathing techniques. Below I have included an example and the link to some other child friendly ones:
Finally I found this lovely story read by Alistair Bryce-Clegg called Silly Billy written by Anthony Browne. It tells the story of a little boy called Billy who worries about absolutely everything until one day his Gran helps him to make some worry dolls…. At the end of the story, Alistair shares how you and your child can make your own worry dolls.