In this Week’s lesson “Happy and Sad“, you will help your child learn about his feelings. Children often do not understand what they are feeling. When someone hits them, they may feel hurt, but react with anger. When someone frightens them, they react with anger. When something surprises them, they still react with anger. Anything that does not make them happy, may make them react with anger because they simply do not know how else to respond. As you help your little one learn alternative ways to respond, you may discover that he or she exhibits fewer temper tantrums.
This week, your child may learn:
- Everybody has feelings.
- Feelings are not good or bad, they just are.
- It is okay to feel angry.
- It is okay to feel scared.
- It is okay to feel happy.
- It is okay to feel sad.
- It is okay to feel loving.
- It is okay if you don’t feel very loving sometimes.
- What we do with our feelings is important.
- It is not okay to hit when you are angry.
- It is not okay to bite or kick when you are angry.
- It can help to exercise when you feel angry.
- When you feel sad, you can ask for a hug.
- When you feel scared, you can ask for a hug, too.
- When we say, “you hurt someone’s feelings” we mean that you made them feel bad.
- You should say you are sorry when you hurt someone’s feelings.
The lesson plans have started adding more “academic” concepts to the themes. This week, the lesson plans will also focus on the letter h, the number 8, the color periwinkle, and the shape octagon. For younger children, you may want to stay focused on the color blue, but once the child knows blue, it can be fun to teach him all the different shades of blue: sky blue, cornflower blue, cobalt, midnight, navy, and of course, periwinkle. There is a periwinkle crayon in boxes of 64 colors. It was always a favorite in my family, and the first crayon to be broken or lost from the box, with thistle coming in a close second.
Preschool Art Projects
Unlike other themes, there aren’t a lot of art projects that can be done for feelings. Your child will make a faces collage, and a feelings book. He will color while listening to music, and try to describe how the music makes him feel. If you have the Feelings Stamps, he can use those, marking how he feels each morning on the calendar, then you will help him make a bar graph at the end of the month as you tally up how many days he chose “happy” or “sad” faces. You can watch a movie with him, pausing periodically to discuss how the characters in the movie may be feeling, or how the movie is making your child feel.
Your child will make several blue pictures, mixing colors and overlapping them to create the delicate shade of periwinkle. He will make a large 8 with glitter and glue, to display in the calendar area. Finally, you will color different shaped pasta, and have your child either string it on yarn for a necklace, or paste it to construction paper for a collage, depending on what shapes you bought.
New Songs Page
I’ve recently added a Songs page at the top, far right of the menu bar. I’ve added links to the songs there, so you can hear them being sung by various artists and children. Not all the songs will be available, but if a song says it’s to the tune of another song, then that song will be featured. For instance, this week your child will should learn the song “If You’re Feeling Grouchy”, which has different words sung to the tune of “Did you Ever See a Lassie?” The song “Did You Ever See a Lassie?” is posted to that page, in case you either don’t know it, or remember it from your childhood. The songs “Skinamerink”, “I’ve Got That Joy” and “If You’re Happy and You Know It” are all listed there, as well. I will add songs from past and future lessons as time allows.
Five-Star Books on Emotions
Quality Products for Your Preschooler (Optional)
- Moody Bear Travel Bag
- The Feelings Playing Cards
- How Am I Feeling? washable fabric chart
- Ready2Learn Giant Feelings Stamps
- Faces & Feelings Listening Lotto
- Children’s Classics – Prokofiev: Peter & the Wolf
- Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 Four-Disc Set
- Worksheet 1: Letter H
- Worksheet 2: What Begins with H?
- Worksheet 3: Words Beginning with H
- Octagon Worksheet 4
- Periwinkle Color Page worksheet 5
- Worksheet 6: Number 8 Trace and Color
- Worksheet 7: Number 8 Count and Color
- Worksheet 8: Number 8 Trace and Color
Happy and Sad Preschool Lesson Plans on Feelings