I started to write this blog post with an almighty sigh.
I love writing the blog posts – it’s a way to share what we do with parents at home and all of the wonderful other professionals out there but it’s almost Decem…it will be December when I post this and things are getting very hectic here at the library. We are decorating for Christmas and celebrating the last 35 years of the City of Cockburn. We’re getting ready for the Christmas Fun Day on December 20, Summer Reading Club which started yesterday, and the January School Holiday Programme all about Adventure which is happening in January. So I let out a big sigh because we are very busy and just thinking about it makes me feel tired. Which is rather fitting this week as we did Feelings last week at Storytime at Success Library and this blog post is all about feelings.
There are so many different feelings and we know things such as happy, or sad, or shocked, or shy but there are harder things to talk about when it comes to feelings – like resilience.
Resilience is the ability to deal with and adapt to hardship and stress but how do you talk about resilience with a two-year-old…or a five-year-old?
With a book!
My first book for this post is What Goes Up by Paula Bowles.
Martin is a dragon and he is sad. He is sad because he cannot fly…his wings are too small. But Martin should also feel lucky because he has friends who want him to feel better so they try to help him and by the end of the book…well, you’re going to have to read it to find out? We love anticipation in storytelling.
Martin is persistent, he keeps trying even when things are hard, and books are a wonderful way to introduce hard topics to children.
Another big emotion for children is scared, afraid, and often they aren’t sure what they are afraid of, or they are afraid of the possibilities and I have another wonderful book to help.
The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky with pictures by Andrew Joyner.
Look how terrifying that bear looks, and how scared the rabbit is. But…what is that terrible plop? I love reading this because the kids know what is happening without it ever being explained and they understand that the bunny, monkey, cheetah, and elephant are all scared of…a terrible plop that is really not scary at all. By the end of the book, the big, scary bear is even afraid of the terrible plop but that terrified little bunny knows there is nothing to be worried about.
Whether it is what is under the bed or what is in the cupboard, going to school, or going and talking the the lady/gentleman who reads at Storytime there is something kids are scared of because it’s new and different and they do not understand what is happening. And so often once we have experienced what is happening everything gets better and we’re not scared.
Books are such a powerful medium for explaining feelings and giving us a chance to talk about them.
Before I move on, I wanted to put this lovely picture book into the kit but it’s too long for a Storytime session so I’m sharing it with you here.
How To Be A Viking by Cressida Cowell
Hiccup, a character children may be familiar with from the How To Train A Dragon movies, has to face his worst fear. It’s a lovely little story – I recommend this one for at home reading.
And I have one more book suggestion before we get into the rhyme and craft.
The When I’m Feeling series by Trace Moroney. There is a different one for lots of emotions and they are good for talking about ways of dealing with those emotions.
And now onto a rhyme…well, actually a song.
Tune: “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”
I have feelings, so do you.
Let’s all sing about a few.
We get happy, we get sad.
We get scared, we get mad.
I am proud of being me
That’s a feeling, too, you see.
I have feelings, so do you.
We just sang about a few.
Another good one is If You’re Happy And You Know It with some input from children about what action fits each emotion.
The craft we did last week, and I really like this, is a Feelings Spinner.
Using the template above you will need:
– scissors, have you checked out our Cutting Practise sheets?
– split pin
Our example gives you space for four feelings with happy and sad already written in. They cut out both circles and then the wedge drawn into the top circle.
Children draw a face that fits the emotion and then as they spin the front they can stop on the emotion they are feeling.
This can be a powerful tool for children who have difficulty expressing themselves, ones with language or developmental delays, or anyone else who would like to use it.
Feelings are a very important topic and it was wonderful to see so many children drawing different feelings on their spinners. If you have feelings books that work for you or a craft you would like to share please do so below.