This month we are giving away books that help children recognize, explore, and manage their emotions. One lucky reader will win:
- Sometimes When I’m Mad
- Sometimes When I’m Sad
- I’m Happy-Sad Today
- Exploring Emotions
- F Is for Feelings
To Enter: Leave a comment below describing how you help kids cope with big feelings.
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Each comment counts as a separate entry. Entries must be received by midnight, January 21, 2022.
The winner will be contacted via email on or around January 24, 2022, and will need to respond within 72 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Winner must be US resident, 18 years of age or older.
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I am trying to help kids cope with big emotions by teaching them how to deal with their emotions early. Teaching them coping skills so they know what to do with their emotions and how to channel those feelings.
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I’m so delighted to have two of my books as part of this book giveaway!
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I work in a k-8 building. We work on emotions throughout the year in our classroom lessons! They LOVE books! We also partner with the college in our area for OT students to come in our building and teach Zones of Regulation each year in our younger grades for 10 weeks. We add a new grade each year (this year we taught zones of regulation in kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades, next year we will do so in these grades and add 3rd.). They use a book on emotions in each lesson. These books would be perfect for that and for the follow up throughout the year. Our goal is to use to use Zones of Regulation as a school wide program. We focus a lot on emotions and how to regulate our emotions.
I’m a school social worker in an elementary building so I work with big feelings all day long. I work individually or in small groups to help students develop emotion regulation skills. My students and I both love when we find an engaging book that demonstrates the skills and normalizes their experiences!
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I am a new teacher (this is my second year), and I teach kindergarten. We use Second Steps as our SEL curriculum, but I love to find good picture books to go along with them. It’s a great way to let kids experience these big important concepts. We can relate real life to the books when we talk them through and it helps connect in a non threatening way. It also really helps them see they aren’t the only ones to feel this way. The more ways we can reiterate these concepts the better.
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I am an elementary school counselor so I get to teach kids grades k-6 how to identify and manage emotions, to choose appropriate and healthy coping strategies, and how to match how big their emotions are to the situation that occurred. I do this through many strategies, but with the younger kids, books help explain the message in a developmentally appropriate way that is easier to understand than I can explain at times. I am constantly on the look out for books that can help students to handle big emotions and cope with them in a safe way.
I teach preschoolers in a Head Start classroom. We discuss emotions on a daily basis, whether we are meeting in person or virtually. We have an emotional check-in during our daily circle time and we also have a place for children to place their names/pictures next to a corresponding emotion, to let us know how they are feeling each morning as well as throughout the day. Our classroom has a safe space which contains sensory materials and tools for emotional regulation. Any child can utilize this space whenever they need time alone or space to process big emotions, Our class library also includes multiple books on emotions and diversity.
I have a learning center for students with special needs and also push-in to classes to help with behavior and academic supports. I often bring books to a class for a read aloud and then role play with several students. Then I lead a discussion, guiding students to analyze feelings expressed and behavior observed. This set of books would help me teach the language for feelings. When a student is experiencing BIG EMOTIONS, I help him/her to use calming strategies and let them talk or draw to manage them. When a child has language to express what is happening, it is freeing!
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I teach SEL both online and in person. I teach children from ages 2-14. We learn that all of our emotions are okay. We learn what happens in our brains when we are having BIG emotions. We learn how to recognize our emotions in our bodies and how to help our bodies relax and calm down when we are having BIG emotions. We learn how to recognize emotions in others so that we can show empathy to them. We learn what happens when we have several different emotions at once. We learn a lot of different tools that we can use to help us.
As a campus we use Zones of Regulation. The students I serve are visually impaired. Having more examples of specific feelings in context will be helpful. These books would be a great addition for our school.
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I try to help kids cope with big feelings by giving them the space needed to notice, identify, and then manage these emotions. For kids it can be hard to pinpoint what emotion they are actually feeling, but once they can learn to be aware of their bodies feeling certain ways (“butterflies” when nervous or scared, tense and hot when angry, etc.), they can start to appropriately talk about them and figure out how to deal with them. We do a lot of mindfulness activities in my program, but these books would be an excellent addition!
Hi there! I am a counselor who works with students (K-12) who have emotional needs. The two biggest struggles for them are connecting thoughts to feelings and recognizing when they are starting to get angry. I am always looking for different ways to help them with these struggles.
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This would be a great set of books for my classroom. My class consists of children between 2 and 3 years old and we discuss emotions all day every day it seems.
I help them name the feelings, identify body sensations that go along with the emotion, and assist in developing a calm-down plan.
I help kids deal with big emotions by creating a safe space and being a good listener. We are also implementing the Toolbox Project at our school this year, so reminding students which tool they can use in a particular situation is another way of helping kids deal with big emotions. These books would help us take a deeper dive into feelings and emotions with my students. Thanks!
I am a school counselor and I use books with children from grades K – 5 to open a discussion about how to cope with their big feelings. First I read a story to them and then we talk about how we can connect to the characters in the story and apply it to our lives.
I help children with big feelings by providing a private quiet space for them to spend some time, we also discuss what it feels like & that it is okay to have these feelings. I provide additional support by asking if there is anything I can do for them, maybe give them a hug provide art supplies for drawing etc. Letting children know that it is okay to have big feelings, everyone has them. some feel good and some feel uncomfortable. It is really important to help children gain a better understand of feelings and expressing them.
At my school, we use Conscious Discipline. We put a big focus on social emotional learning, teaching our students to name and identify their emotions and how to handle them. We have a Safe Place in our classroom, where students can go to calm their bodies when they experience big emotions. We will go sit with them and help them work through it and take deep breaths.
I have many tools such as coloring, weighted blanket, and books we read together. These books would be a great asset to my office and classrooms.
As an Elementary school counselor, I LOVE to use children’s books as part of my lessons. Students are engaged and can relate to this; I also share my resources with teachers. I currently do not have the books you listed, but would love to add them to my collection.
As the school Librarian for a parochial K-8 school, having these books in our library will benefits all the children who visit the library.
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To me, modeling is one of the biggest influences on others handling their powerful emotions. I say out loud when I have big feelings, and then I show them what I am going to do to help calm myself. I also spend a great deal of time working on these ideas with kiddos when they are engaged in a calming activity, such as playdoh or sand. Their body is so much more relaxed and they are receptive to these conversations in a deeper way. We practice the application of the skill of regulation, and talk about when they might need to utilize them. And, I’m always prepared to calmly go over it again. Learning these skills takes time.
After I’ve built positive relationships with my children, I like to do role play with the student about my feelings and their feelings, but by having these different books, I feel these will help them understand, and they can see by the pictures.
Great set of books! I would love these for my office to use in groups with the kids.
I work in a school district with students from Elementary to High School. I work with my students through groups and one-on-one sessions. Our (mine and the students) focus consists of navigating through emotions and understanding the proper techniques beneficial to each student as well as developing/increasing knowledge of social skills, life skills, and anything else essential to their developmental needs.
I help kids cope with big feelings by talking them out when they happen and normalizing them. We also use a variety of breathing techniques and mindfulness strategies. We have also used the website gonoodle for breathing and mindfulness exercises which the kids love.
I work as a school psychologist at 2 K-8 districts in Southern Illinois. I provide classroom lessons, Tiered intervention, and counseling services. Teachers and parents often borrow my resources to help them talk with kids about a given situation they may be experiencing in school or at home. Additionally, I am on the religious education committee at church and we often use resources from this publishing company for lessons there too – both in the classrooms and during service when we have stories as part of Time for All Ages. Both school and church have limited financial resources, so I (like teachers) usually spend my own money to get curriculum and resources. I would be very grateful to receive this offer and ensure the books are put to important use in the community.
In my classroom all emotions are respected. On a rotating basis, during class meetings we discuss different emotions and how they feel and how to handle them. I love to use picture books to lead the discussion and am always searching for good ones.
These books would be great to use with my students and in my private practice. Teaching children about their big feelings and how to handle them is so important in providing the foundational skills for social emotional skills.
Our schools use Second Step curriculum, label feelings, have feelings check ins with students.
As an elementary school counselor I teach about feelings and coping skills in my guidance lessons each month so these resources would be a great addition to my lessons.
I am the Mental Health Counselor for my district and I work with kids K-12. I would love to use these books to support the lessons I use with my younger kids, believe it or not though the highschoolers also LOVE to be read to. I often use books and or stories with all the kids I work with to reduce shame and reinforce that dealing with emotions are universal.
We focus on our breathing when emotions are strong. Deep breaths and a moment help us find our center.
We talk about how important it is to “name it to tame it.” So, I start with emotion identification. I am a district coach, so how I do this varies by age and grade level. I
think it also helps to teach the neuroscience behind fight/flight/freeze, and how deep breaths can literally reset their brain. Knowing why such a seemingly simple solution works helps them embrace it.
I teach self-regulation to my students using The Social Explorers curriculum and The Zones of Regulation. We do a read aloud every session and these books would make a great addition to my self-regulation library
Naming big feelings helps the kids to move forward. Would love these books! Thanks!
I help by providing School-Based Mental Health services in an urban elementary school.
I help my students handle big emotions by listening to them, letting them know I hear them and validate how they feel. We then look for ways to manage that emotion with visuals.
I talk to them about their feelings. I have 3 year olds who are turning 4 and we work with them about identifying them, talking about how to breathe and tell them about ways to calm down with a little booklet of strategies.
i would love to win these books for my preschool. we use Monster manners when we seen chn doing our top5 and making good choices. we also have a calm down bag or mindfulness bag the chn to help the calm down. we sometimes watch Mr wigglebottom or Elmo about body breathing..
I teach my students that all feelings are ok, that feelings change and provide the vocabulary and visual resources to help them identify their feelings. I also provide each student with their own individualized “Calm Down” bin filled with sensory items, face templates, mini versions of social stories, crayons, etc.
It is important to respect their feelings regardless of their age and that children need positive role models, so if adults need to manage their emotions too!
As a child expresses an emotion, I acknowledge, validate and name it. Then I pause and wait to hear their voice encouraging them to verbalize what is on their mind to determine what they may need next.
I have twin pre-schoolers. We have the Exploring Emotions book, which has been so helpful. Emotions change and often quickly.
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I help children cope with big feelings by teaching them coping strategies and co-regulating with them.
Im a preschool teacher and I alway looking for activities to help my children to recognize, control, and show their feeling. This boils will be really helpful.
We calm down first! Belly breathe, smell the flower or blow out the candle or give a hug if the child gives us permission. Depending on the age we talk, read a book or a social story.
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Thank you so much for doing this giveaway! : ) I am always looking for new resources. I would love to use these books with students! One way that I help students deal or cope with big emotions is by letting them talk about their feelings and using the talking it out method. I will then use different strategies and or techniques with the student to help them explore those emotions and why they are feeling the way they are feeling.
I am an elementary special ed teacher, and how I help my students cope with big feelings is having a lot of visuals around the classroom such as the zones of regulation and icons to use when they have a lot of feelings and need to take a break. We also take the time to talk about those feelings. I have a calm corner as well, where they can self-regulate into calm body, calm mind, and have a variety of activities they can do for a few minutes such as deep-breathing exercises, fidgets, coloring, etc.
I help kids cope with big feelings by talking them out when they happen and normalizing them. We also use a variety of breathing techniques and mindfulness strategies.
I am a behavior specialist in an school district. These books would help me teach emotions and self-regulation. They would be a great addition to my library.
The way I am able to reach each child, is by reading to them about others feelings and emotions, in turn the children are able to associate themselves with the characters of the book with out being put on the spot
We talk about emotions a lot and we read a lot of books and role play. I also let my students know that I am always available if they want to talk one on one.
I teach SEL competencies and mindfulness to elementary school students in NYC. Each week we discuss ways to manage and process our emotions. I utilize books to foster these conversations.
I help my students manage emotions through breathing techniques and one-on-one talks.
I would love to win these books. We talk about emotions daily through books, songs, and feelings activities. These would be great!
I help student with their big emotions by naming them for them.
I help students deal with their big feelings by 1. Creating a soothing calm down space with pictoral prompts of how to calm down, 2. Our program implements the SEL curriculum, Second Step, 3. Providing students with a safe space to express themselves in the art area
I help children cope with emotions by calming them down first and then talking with them one on one or by them drawing a picture about it.
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With everything going on these days, students need effective coping skills more than ever. I encorporate these skills into every small group and classroom lesson I present.
These books seem awesome. I am a social worker at two school and help our kiddos with coping skills. Would love to have these books!
I teach kids how to cope with big feelings by showing them how to take deep breaths to calm down.
I conduct social/emotional learning groups with hearing/language impaired preschoolers. I love to use books about strong feelings, because they get the children’s attention right away, they illustrate realities that are important to young children, and they spark conversations even in groups where expressive language is limited. Thanks!
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Characters in books are a great way help students connect to learning ways to cope with big emotions. Characters make the instruction more relatable to students.
I help kids/my students explore what they are feeling inside by asking questions as well as exploring what feelings are/feel like, For example if they are over excited I may say something like, “When we are happy sometimes we get really excited, loud, laugh, jump up & down to show that. Are you happy, is that why you are so excited? Sometimes being happy we can also have a big voice. Some people may call it being loud.” If we can pick apart the feeling and break it down to where the child understands it, we often can get to what the true feeling is for that child/person. Handling emotions can be hard for some students when they do not fully understand what they may be feeling. I work in Special Ed, so these books would be great for children with autism!
We teach mindfulness, yoga and deep breathing to help our students learn coping skills to manage their big feelings.
So many children are visual learners. This a great resource to use to walk a child through how they are feeling and what to do with those feelings.
I would love to add them to our social skills classroom library! We use the zones of regulation to help us identify our feelings, and these books would be great read to aloud as we are learning about emotions for each zone.
I tell children about deep breathing and taking time to calm themselves and speaking to say how we are feeling through our photo facial expressions.
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We do a lot of discussions about feelings when feelings aren’t “big” so that we are better able to identify these feelings and have already practiced calm down techniques that children can use.
I help my students with their big emotions daily by having a dedicated calming area in my room.
I read picture books that deal with SEL topics on a regular basis. We also have different ways to breath when needed to calm or focus. For example “lion’s breath “
One of the best ways I have found to help students cope with emotions is to make sure that they have a strong emotional vocabulary so they can share how they are feeling. I have found that books are the best way to do this.
As a virtual teacher, some of my students put up emojis with an angry face when they are not happy. I would love to share the ideas in these books with them and help them understand and find ways to handle their frustrations.
Thank you for the chance to win these amazing books! I teach counseling classes to K-5 and make sure my students have the right tools to help them with big feelings. I use books a lot and they always help make the point with my students. I especially like using books now that we are all wearing masks and we talk about how someone may feel just by looking at their eyes. These books would help teach these important skills!
I am a second grade intervention specialist. I use self regulation and zones of regulation daily with my students. I always love new materials that can help them identify and work through theiremotions since I have many students on the Autism spectrum or trying to regulate their impulsive behaviors.
I’m a first grade Spanish immersion teacher. I love helping my students process their big and small feelings whenever they come up. If something comes up with a friend, we do a talk it out where they use an I message to tell their friend how they are feeling. They can give their friend an idea on how to help them feel better such as a drawing or letter or playing together at the next recess.
Sometimes students come in with big feelings and they can grab a stuffy from our library or go to our calm down corner. In the calm down corner there are a number of manipulatives they can use to hold or sensory play with to help them feel better.
We support children in schools and community centers to cope with big emotions by doing art-based activities, book read alouds, and group discussions to talk about ways we can cope with challenging emotions and who is there to support us.
In order to help kids learn and cope with big feelings, I use emotion words all day long. I have worked with a variety of age groups so this is something that I have done with infants through elementary age kids. I also try to give different options of helping them feel better; whether that is doing some belly breaths, going for a walk, playing with fidget toys, using sensory tools like play-do or shaving cream, or talking it out. I have also taught yoga to all different ages of kids and it is always a hit. It usually ends in deep breathing by having children lay on their backs and put a stuffed animal on their belly to work to move the animal up and down.
We talk about having emotions is okay but there are appropriate ways to express them.
We work on identifying our feelings and using belly breaths, counting, and sensory breaks to calm us down. 🙂
I help children manage their emotions by listening. Validating their feelings and sharing a moment in my life where I have experienced the same emotion.
It would be awesome to have access to these books to also show in another perspective what those feelings look like and how the story characters manage them.
I am a site director and would love to have these books as a resource for our Head Start classrooms.
I already use some books that I have purchased from Free Spirit when working with children. I also use games to get children to talk about their feelings, and I use art therapy a lot also. It takes different approaches with different children to teach them how to handle their emotions.
I VALIDATE those feelings and emphasize coping strategies to move forward!
I am a professor in a teacher education preparation program. Our job of course is to prepare future teachers. These books would be very useful in preparing future teachers for working with students in the classroom.
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Helping students process and handle big feelings is a major part of my job!
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I am not a professional. I am simply a great-grandmother helping my great-grandson deal with his feelings. Beyond talking about his feelings, which he often does not want to do, I help give him an outlet to release the frustration/anger. Throwing a ball against the wall for a few minutes helps redirect him.
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I’m a licensed clinical social worker that provides individual therapy looking to expand an provide social skill training to children.
I teach mindfulness, helping the children to recognize and name what they are feeling, why they are feeling that way and then helping them to find a solution to come back to Happy.
Working with infants and toddlers to name feelings is tough. These books would be great to have and read to the children.
I help my students cope with their big feelings by first making them aware of such feelings. That means we spend a lot of time learning how to identify and name feelings, emotions, and ways of being. Then, we spend time learning what we can or should do with our feelings. My students learn that it is always okay to feel however they are feeling, but the actions they take based on those feelings require a lot of thought and reflection. Learning about their feelings and how to handle them are ongoing lessons in my classroom.
Storytelling is a great way to learn about emotions, and about managing them. A good book does just that.
I help kids better learn to manage their emotions by modeling how I manage my big emotions. Additionally, I do counseling classroom lessons month to month where students learn new skills on how to manage their emotions and also problem solve. These books would be ideal for my counseling classroom lessons for all students at the elementary school I work at.
As a PreK teacher one of the most important things I work on daily are Social Emotional Skills. Understanding what emotions are and how to manage them has become more important than ever over the last few years. I would love to create a collection for my class that would support the SEL needs of my preschoolers.
I work with students who struggle with identifying and controlling their emotions. It would be awesome to provide them with these books to help them with that difficult part of life 🙂
I help kids cope with big feelings by using reading therapy.
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I try to help kids manage big emotions through taking big, deep breaths and trying to talk it out. Modeling is also an excellent way to help kids manage emotions.
I would love to add these books to iur clinical practice where we provide therapy and counseling for children with emotional health issues.
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Just acknowledging their feelings and letting them know it’s okay to have those big feelings goes a long way toward helping a child learn to handle their emotions appropriately.
I work in the Virgin Islands where there is little books in the schools due to past hurricanes. This books are so needed within the kindergarten classrooms!
These would be great in the classroom to help teachers help children to name their feelings and to express themselves.
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I like to let students talk about what’s on their minds in a safe, no judgement environment
To handle big emotions, we first try to label the feeling using an emotions chart. We then try to pinpoint what triggered that feeling, Finally we brainstorm all the ways we can express that feeling.
(Being a bit outrageous or humorous can help). Then I have the child decide which “safe” option to use.
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I help children manage their emotions by giving them alternative ways to express their emotions, and giving them a safe place to express themselves
Our classroom has quite a few students that we are working with to learn self regulation and SEL. One of the things I am looking to incorporate in the classroom is a safe spot. These books would be great to have in the area that teachers and could sit and read with them. Thank you for the opportunity.
It is So important to feel your feelings and know it is okay. I wish these books were available when I was growing up! Would love a set for my preschool!
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I am the program director for our program and often help out teachers when a child has BIG emotions. I find that a little time away from the group, a good book and an understanding heart gives them the break they need. We work on identifying their emotions using pictures, books and charts and then do a little problem solving. These books would be wonderful!
Well I used to work at a preschool and since I currently only have a fur baby I thought it would be nice to enter to win these and provide them for the school 🤍✨
I acknowledge and reflect the emotions students are feeling in the moment. Then, it’s always important to talk about ways to deal with different emotions when everyone is feeling regulated. These books would be helpful for those times when we want to have great discussions about our emotions.
These books would be helpful when teaching my students better ways to deal with their feelings.
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Hello! My name is Sierra and I am a K-8th grade School Counselor at a Alternative Education School with a huge virtual learning component. About 120 of my K-8th students are 100% virtual learners. I host a virtual SEL Book Club on Fridays called Fearless Friday. I will dress up to match the book theme and enthusiastically read the book out-loud to my students via a GoogleMeet (virtual meeting). We will answer SEL questions together and will navigate the emotions and coping skills via fun activities that match the book’s theme. This is a wonderful way for students to connect with one another though they cannot connect in person. Many of my students are migrant students who maintain their U.S. education in Mexico/Honduras/Guatemala during the off season in the winter (my community, Hood River Oregon, is a huge agriculture community for Apples, Pears, Blueberries, Cherries and Vineyards). I also have students who are Jr. Olympians, students who are in rehab facilities and students who must learn from home due to health conditions. So it is SUPER DUPER SPECIAL holding the Fearless Friday SEL Book Club space together with this amazing spectrum of students where they can see one another and learn from one another during these especially challenging times. All 5 of these books would be an amazing addition to the book club 🙂
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These books would be a great addition to my limited resources on emotions. I do my best to get students to look at the whole picture and see where a small problem turned into a bigger one.
I try to work with kids to learn social skills and coping skills proactively. Bibliotherapy is one way, but we also do a lot of play and classroom groups, as well.
I am always looking for books that will help my younger students learn to identify their emotions, and give them the words to identify them. SEL is a huge component with my lessons and these titles would help tremendously. At my school we currently have 2 emotional support classrooms, 1 life skills classroom, and 1 early learning communication class, in addition to 500+ students that would benefit from these books.
These books would be great to supplement our Al’s Pals and Second Step curriculum.
I an Early Childhood educator that works with children ages 2.5 – 3. We work on acknowledging the feelings (all feelings are valid) and naming them. We think about how to express the feelings (even with masking) so others in the community hear what we need to say. We do not push how we (educators) feel the child needs to deal with the feeling but ask the child what they need and support it. We keep a close eye on the child, interactions and share with the family what the child is expressing with the strategies and skills that are implemented. We share our curiosity to learn more about feelings are acknowledged and supported at home. My class enjoy books so adding these resources to our offerings would be amazing.
We are really focused with SEL at our school and we are so fortunate that we have a Wellness Center at our school! In the Wellness Center students are able to check in with a staff member or get a sensory break. We are so grateful that we have such a resource like this at our school!
We do a lot of deep breaths in my house – three little ones under 6. We also talk about how we need to think of other people’s feelings and how our actions may have made them feel in order to calm down the situation instead of making it worse by reacting with loudness. It’s always a work in progress- for me too! 🙂
My SLP library would love to use these books to help with self-regulation and social-emotional work. Thanks for the opportunity!:)
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I go into the classrooms and discuss feelings and emotions. I also talk with parents to encourage them to discuss feelings and emotions at home. I model and discuss ways to embrace feelings.
Love to use these books with children, staff, and parents in our district!
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I lead the Department of School Culture & Climate, and oversee SEL instruction. Would love to preview these books as supplemental instructional SEL resources.
I have a nephew as well as one of my neighbors with special needs. Normally the kids on my block gather on my porch (like the good ole days when you have that one lady in the neighborhood the kids always run too…well that is me) and I allow them to speak freely no judgement, I try to teach them about emotions and about others whom are special and how they might not be able to do all that the others can do. Anyway, these books well the topics addressed is something all adults (dealing with children) should have on board to help the little ones better understand how and what they feel is okay and how to go about dealing with it.
We utilize a school-wide SEL morning meeting where we explore feelings, mindfulness strategies and other helpful strategies to understand and cope with emotions. I also provide small group and individual counseling anda classroom lessons rooted in robust and diverse children’s literature that focuses on emotions and emotional regulation strategies.
I would love to have these books! I work with children with mental health needs from 5-21 in a Public School setting. These books would be a great way to connect with younger children and help them explore their feelings!
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I validate the feeling, ask questions, listen, and offer suggestions for how to get back to calm. Teach skills like mindfulness or read books about big feelings and what to do when they are calm.
Hello, my name is Maria, and I am the mental health and disabilities Mager for CSA Early Head Start and head Start. We service children birth through age 5 we are a none profit federal agency that provides services to children and families that are low income and cannot afford private day care for their children and our goal is to provide these children with the same opportunities as any other children have so that they can succeed in school. We at Head Start truly believes that social emotional learning is as or more important than academic learning therefore we provide skills that promote relationship building, trust and empathy in all of our students that attend our program.
You’re resources fill in the many gaps for adult readers that did not recieve emotionally intelligent resources as children. As an early childhood educator I have used your books in my work countless times.
These books would make a great addition to my Kindergarten Classroom Library! Thanks for a chance to win!
I would love to have these wonderful books in my counseling office at Aliquippa school!!! they would get lots of use!
I love talking with kids about handling big emotions. We focus on each person learning what works best for them; starting with sensory input, like the colors and smells they find soothing, and then places and activities.
I try to label my emotions, especially those less than positive, and demonstrate ways to “diffuse” the negative feeling (ex: breathing, stretching, talking myself through it) as if no one was watching or listening.
To help our wee friends with their BIG FEELINGS, we read GREAT LITERATURE. I love to let the littles use my stuffed friends as READING BUDDIES, the kiddos can love on and talk to.
In the library, I use books like these as small group storytimes and I lead children to them when I can tell that they might benefit. Also, teachers and other adults are often looking for titles like these to share as they navigate through classroom or outside issues.
I help kids in many ways. We teach kids emotional intelligence. This will be a great tool to help teach.
I would love to add these books to my library! SEL is a huge part of our curriculum and these books would be a fabulous addition.
I help kids cope with big feelings by doing frequent check ins to gauge how they are feeling
We help give the young ones words for their feelings, and point out what their face looks like when they are having big emotions. Having books like these would be great to incorporate every day.
Over the last few years the most important lesson/skill I’ve learned in helping kids manage their emotion is creating a safe space and being open to adapt since it is different for every child. Most importantly, making sure I’m regulated before attempting to help a child self-regulate.
Kids love Feelings Tower- Jenga and you roll the dice and each color stands for a feeling which you need to share what makes you feel that way- also can be adjusted to what can you do when you feel that feeling
I have one on one discussions with a child needing this support. Additionally, we have discussions as a whole class from time to time just to create awareness. Read – alouds from Free Spirit Publishing and videos are great to facilitate class discussions.
We use the social emotional story in the classroom. We also send them home so the child’s family can extend their home library.
I am excited to enter! I teach SEL skills to our students and go into their classes once a week. I also share supplemental materials with our teachers to help reinforce the skills that we learn. Emotion Management is a unit in these lessons.
For students who need additional support, I meet with them in a small group or one on one to work on these skills, including a full unit on emotion management, as well.
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I usually acknowledge the feeling and validate it but offer more helpful ways to express the feeling in the case of poor choices. “When I feel so mad I could hit something, I like to…” or “When I get this upset, once thing that helps me is to…”
In my counseling room I have many tools such as coloring, kinetic sand, a weighted blanket, a punching bag, and books we read together depending on the emotion they are going through. No matter what tool we use it is always important to have the conversation on what the emotion is and how we can cope or change how we are feeling.
As a school social worker, I push into our kindergarten classrooms teaching children about feelings and managing emotions. I consider these skills among some of the most important SEL skills for young children to learn. These books would be an awesome addition to my resources.
Just getting some time outside can help kids (and all of us!) feel better!
I am a Positive Behavior Coordinator for two K-4 buildings. I help kids when they are experiencing big emotions and also teach them skills on how to handle those big emotions.
I work with children as an early intervention specialist with Capitol area Head Start. I am trained as a 95 hr children’s yoga instructor as well. Most recently I have worked diligently with a couple co- workers to create a yoga curriculum that we launched as a 6-week program to support children’s social emotional health and growth! We use mindfulness-based strategies to teach self- regulation and awareness! We also have a component that teaches emotional intelligence! Would love to incorporate these books into our program and in a classroom setting!!!!! (I also have a 6-year-old that struggles with managing many different emotions!
I help students cope with big emotions by teaching mindfulness practices like deep breathing and meditation.
By teaching them to accurately identify and label their feelings and then teach strategies and skills to effectively manage them.
I would love these cool books for my classroom!! We are working on how to handle emotions. Best, Karen