Mr. Leonard’s Fourth Class really enjoyed discussing and displaying different feelings during circle time, all with the help of some Kimochis.
We first discussed the various feelings, talking about how some of them were simple and some of them were more complicated; how we liked some and didn’t like others. We also recognised that everybody experiences all different sorts of feelings, and that they are all perfectly normal.
Next, using the Kimochis, we picked four different feelings we would like to examine during the session: brave, sensitive, left out and silly. Taking turns, we passed the Kimochi chart around the room and, at first, completed the sentence: “I feel X when…”
On the next round, we added some fun by adding a demonstration of the feeling before finishing the sentence. The children really enjoyed acting out times when they felt brave (see pictures)!
In the next session, we went on to discuss possible reactions to different emotions, e.g. how feeling left out can often lead to jealousy, which causes us to act in ways that hurt other people. We role-played more positive reactions to feelings we didn’t like.
Overall, these activities were greatly enjoyed by the children, and one of the interesting things about them was that the children got to see that everyone – even their teacher! – experiences all different types of feelings.