Firmly supported by a wealth of research linking children’s mental and physical health to emotional well being, this new edition of the bestselling Dealing with Feeling provides teachers of children aged 5–8 with structured opportunities to develop their emotional literacy. In this second edition, Tina Rae emphasizes the development of empathy, tolerance, resilience, and motivation as well as an emotional vocabulary. The text helps teachers introduce students to a variety of techniques for managing more complex and uncomfortable feelings in a variety of situations. Solution-focused strategies are woven into: Worksheet tasks Self-reflection activitiesTake-home assignmentsPacked with teacher-friendly sessions, this book fulfills the requirements of the PSCHE curriculum and Healthy Schools agenda and also complements the SEAL curriculum (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning).

Feeling Sad
Feeling sad

Warm up Activity

The Chair Game

In this game, one chair is moved from the circle and a volunteer is asked to stand in the middle. This pupil should attempt to sit down whilst the others change places at the following commands. For example, swap places if you:

  • have changed your hair this year.
  • had cornflakes for breakfast.
  • came to school by car.
  • are wearing white socks.
  • feel happy today, etc.

The pupils can be asked to contribute their own ideas for things that might cause them to move around the circle.

The idea here is for the volunteer to try to sit down whilst the other pupils change places.

Circle Talk

Prior to introducing the new feeling, the teacher can ask the pupils to feed back ...

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