Recently I ordered these books from my child’s school book order and we are finding them helpful in identifying what we are feeling and why. With eight books in The Feeling Series, I am highlighting two: Happy & Sad. Opposites.
Introducing Our Featured Friend: The Feelings Series
by Trace Moroney
The story begins, “When I’m feeling sad I feel like someone has taken all the colors away . . . and everything is grey and gloomy and droopy.” Continuing in first person, Moroney shares what may make us feel sad: arguing, sickness, and death of loved one, and what may make us feel better: talking with someone, doing enjoyable activities, and being with friends and family. The book closes with, “But the nicest feeling of all is when a kind person gives me a hug and says, ‘Everything is going to be okay.’ “
The story begins, “When I’m feeling happy I feel B~B~BOUNCY and full of joy.” Continuing in first person, Moroney shares what may make us feel happy: being with friends, baking with Grandma, and camping with Dad, and how we can make others happy: be more patient, slow to anger, be kind. The book closes with, “Feeling happy is such a fantastic feeling. It makes me feel good about the way I look and the person I am.”
Inviting You to Become FRIENDS with The Feelings Series:
Feel, Relate, Imagine, Explore, Navigate, Develop, Share
Select a few activities from the kid-friendly book guide while reading this story:
F- What do you feel today and why?
R- What part of that feeling book do you relate to most? For example, if you are feeling happy today, what part of the Happy book do you relate to most . . . laughing? Being with friends?
I- Imagine you could completely get rid of one of the eight feelings covered in this series. Which emotion would you never want to feel and why? Talk about the pro’s and con’s of that emotion.
E- Explore more book selections on feelings/emotions at Barnes & Noble and Amazon:
N- Navigate through all eight feelings books and talk about each emotion in helpful dialogue, welcoming and inviting honesty when one-on-one with your child or client.
D- Develop a “what to do when I’m feeling______” list or picture to help your kids, class or client remember positive ways to deal with each emotion as it comes. AKA: Action/Reaction Chart, Cause/Effect Graph, Cycles or Systems.
S- Share your top three emotions during the day and what happened that prompted those feelings. Great conversation starters with kids to understand the details of their day!
Printable Chart: http://www.freeprintablebehaviorcharts.com/feeling%20chart%20pdf/feeling%20chart2.pdf
It Will be Okay by Lysa TerKeurst:
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