If children are to become emotionally competent adults, able to understand and have mastery over their feelings, it is essential that this important work begins in the early years. It is a fundamental part of enabling children to be sensitive to the feelings of others, and a key element of all other emotional skills.
However, this awareness will not simply develop by chance. If children are to be aware of and able to talk about feelings, educators must provide them with appropriate experiences. Children must be supported to recognise name and acknowledge their feelings and there are a variety of ways in which this can be done.
This book offers some suggestions. It addresses a range of human emotions and looks at how to help children recognise and talk about them.