Yesterday, in our “Becoming and Being Social” winter groups with children ages 3-5, we participated in activities that increased their ability to understand emotion words and to use them. One of my favorite books to read to a child is “My Many Colored Days” by Dr. Seuss. Regardless of the age of the child in your life, this is a great book (can even find it in a board book). Read the pages and act out each one (kicking like a horse, swimming like a fish, jumping like a flamingo). This book encourages your child to make associations with body movements and feelings (buzzy bee is feeling excited and moving a lot). As the adult in the child’s life, make sure you too are acting out the animals. Give them choices – do you want to be a mad horse or a happy horse. Look at each faces when you do this. Your child’s ability to read facial expressions (being able to know how a person is feeling by seeing the expression on their face) is a critical element to your child’s social-emotional development.
More ideas about how to encourage these skills tomorrow.
~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist