|Brought to you by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse & Mental health Services Administration|
|Home About Us Links Get E-mail Updates Awards|
|Send this page to a friend | Print this page|
I Feel Many Different Ways—Why?
Research notes that effective communication of feelings by children has a positive impact on their relationships with their family, other adults, and their peers. Consequently, teachers can play an important role by, first, helping children understand that it’s okay to feel different ways and, second, teaching them how to communicate their feelings—whether they’re feeling happy, angry, silly, tired or simply sad.
The purpose of this activity is to help your students express their feelings and emotions and understand that their feelings and emotions may change frequently.
Use the paper plates and craft materials to make four “feelings” plate designs: happy, sad, silly, and mad. These will be your “demonstration” plates. Also, set aside two more plates for additional emotions that the children may suggest.
Begin by playing “I Feel Many Different Ways” from either your computer or a CD player. Mee Possum introduces the song by saying: “Sometimes I’m happy, sometimes I’m sad, sometimes I’m silly, and sometimes I’m mad.” As you sing along with the music, have your students act out and make faces to express the changing feelings the song suggests. Also, help them recognize the most important message of the song: “Every feeling is okay.”
For additional activities for expressing feelings, go to the Building Blocks Activity Book and use the activities called “I Feel Many Different Ways,” on pages 5 and/or 17.
Expressing emotions and feeling confident and good about oneself are important for every child, but it is especially important for children in new family situations, such as those in foster care or recently adopted. Use “Power Positive,” on pages 4 and/or 16, to help children who feel powerless in many situations feel more confident in themselves.
Play “Power Positive” from either your computer or a CD player, and encourage the children to dance and act out some of the lyrics, particularly the chorus:
Lead a class discussion on self-confidence and have children talk about the many things that make them feel good about themselves.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Ad
ministration for Children and Families
Helping Your Foster Child Transition to Your Adopted Child summarizes how foster/adoptive parents can help their child make the emotional adjustment to being an adopted child. This factsheet provides specific steps parents can take to help children understand their emotional changes, along with helpful resources.
Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being: A Network for Action 2012 Resource Guide provides resources to assist service providers in their work with parents, caregivers, and children to prevent child abuse and neglect and promote child and family well-being.
Pediatrics, Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics
“Families and Adoption: The Pediatrician’s Role in Supporting Communication” provides tips for adoptive families in the various challenges they may face with regard to adoption.
Please note—to view documents in PDF format, you must have Adobe’s free Acrobat Reader software. If you do not already have this software installed on your computer, please download it from Adobe's Web site.
Updated on 7/30/2012