ERIC Number: EJ930448
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Reference Count: 1
Teaching Children to Name Their Feelings
Adams, Emily J.
Young Children, v66 n3 p66-67 May 2011
When adults provide words for the emotions that they believe infants and toddlers are experiencing, it gives children the language to describe the feelings. Understanding one's own emotions as well as the emotions of others is called "emotional literacy" (CSEFEL 2008). Emotional literacy helps children build friendships and develop empathy--the ability to imagine how others are feeling--and respond appropriately. Teachers, family child care providers, and family members can create an environment that supports children's emotional learning. This article discusses how adults can support children's expanding emotional vocabulary--the words for emotions that children know--by making a Feeling Words list.
Descriptors: Emotional Intelligence, Empathy, Child Care, Early Childhood Education, Toddlers, Infants, Young Children
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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