CELEBRATION OF FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS
By Quynh Cao, EC Lotus Cottage Co-Lead Teacher
This week, our EC classes wrapped up a10-week long Unit of Inquiry on Feelings and Emotions with Celebrations of Learning. Each of the five EC classes hosted an engaging hour-long experience of singing, laughter, and a multitude of other activities. Parents and family members were invited to spend the morning listening, asking questions, reflecting and exchanging stories, thoughts and feelings on the transdisciplinary theme How We Express Ourselves. Over the past several weeks, the children constructed their own understanding of the central idea,“We express our thoughts and feelings in many different ways, whilst working with a diverse range of learning resources,” which covered the curricular areas of language, maths, and art. Students framed their experiences around three guiding lines of inquiry:
1. What are our different emotions and feelings?
2. What are the different ways we can express ourselves?
3. How do we understand and interpret others’ thoughts and ideas?
The children learned the vocabulary to identify their different feelings and emotions, such as happy, sad, silly, surprised, angry, excited, nervous frustrated, and calm. They explored different ways in which we can express how we are feeling and what kind of care would help us feel happy and safe. Students read stories such as The Color Monster by Anna Lienas and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, along with many nonfiction books about expressing and handling feelings and emotions.
The unit theme was extended into math, by taking surveys of how students were feeling and creating bar charts to monitor their moods. They counted how many children were feeling happy, or how many were feeling sad. They created works of art by interpreting lines and colors that expressed anger, or joyfulness, or a sense of calm. They paid attention to how they behaved under different circumstances and how their body language is also a clear expression of their feelings.
At the unit celebrations, students shared their learning with families by performing songs, painting with acrylic and watercolor on canvas, surveying feelings, and summarizing learning with their Feelings and Emotions folders. Students shared with moms and dads the themed books they had been enjoying in the classrooms and the works on the shelves they had been engaging with. The range of works included a personalized cube of feelings, drawing faces, matching feelings cards, making faces with different features, recognizing vocabulary, role-playing scenarios, Feelings Bingo, and a Wheel of Choice for calming down.
Unit Celebrations are a wonderful way for us to share our learning process with our families—our partners in education. They provide a rich opportunity for the children to summarize their learning experience and reflect upon the knowledge they have acquired and the skills they are developing as IB learners, such as how to be an effective communicator, how to examine causal relationships, how to empathize with our community members, and what it means to be a balanced and principled learner.
These were magical mornings for children and parents alike as they spent some valuable time together, listening to one another and interacting in a very meaningful way. We were so delighted to witness plenty of smiles, hugs, and laughter all around!
孩子们学习描述不同感受和情绪的词汇,如快乐、悲伤、惊讶、愤怒、兴奋、紧张、沮丧和平静,探索了表达自我感受的不同方式,以及什么样的行为让我们感到快乐和安全。学生们阅读如Anna Llenas的《怪物的颜色》(The Color Monster)和Shel Silverstein的《爱心树》(The Giving Tree)等故事,以及许多关于表达和处理感受和情感的非小说类书籍。