Emotional intelligence is the ability to manage, express and value our emotional responses in ways that are productive for ourselves and for the relationships we develop with others. Therefore, helping young children begin this lifelong process of developing emotional intelligence is important.
In this series of three classes, children will learn that whether it's excitement, disappointment, joy or anxiety, our emotions -- whatever they are -- are normal AND that there are practical strategies that they can use to help manage strong emotions so that they feel better and more in control.
In this series of classes, children will learn that identifying emotions, controlling them through breathing techniques and creating a plan of positive action can help manage strong feelings. Each class has a focus strategy -- belly breathing, positive self-talk and identifying strong feelings -- yet the concepts in each relate to one another and reinforce the overall goal of the series: developing a strong set of skills that can be used to manage our emotions and develop strong interpersonal relationships.
Each session will feature a song that helps children understand the focus strategy. After discussing the strategy in the context of the song, I will read a story where the main character uses the focal strategy in a manner that young children can understand. Children will then discuss how the main character used the focal strategy with both me and other students in the session and we will all practice the strategy and/ or discuss with one another how we have used the strategy ourselves in our own lives.
As a kindergarten teacher of 16 years, I have found that children benefit greatly from developing a sense of efficacy when it comes to emotional self-regulation, and song, story, discussion and practice are the tools to bring this efficacy to life. Join me!
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I love teaching! I especially love teaching young children. The awe and wonder that young children have about the world around them is boundless – and as a National Board certified early childhood educator of many years, my goal is to encourage the growth of that natural curiosity and love for learning.
My passion in education is centered on social-emotional learning – that is, facilitating the development of an understanding among young children of the skills and dispositions that people need to become well-adjusted, empathetic and responsible members of a community. Skills such as breathing, identifying emotions, using positive self-talk, developing a growth mindset, using empathy and taking responsibility for one’s actions are all lessons that I have found are important in the development of children’s social and emotional well-being.
The manner in which we foster the development of our children will create the conditions for a more just and peaceful future for us all – and helping our children become emotionally intelligent, compassionate and socially attuned individuals who understand that we’re all one community is, I believe, the key. Join me!
Mr. Robert is very patient and funny teacher. The course is well structured, interesting and easy for young kids to understand. My son enjoyed the lessons very much!
Ms. Bobbi Wells
Soon Wei Tan