Saying in words what we feel is very complicated. As they get older, children begin to understand what emotions are and they manage to name some of their most basic feelings: joy, sadness, anger, gratitude ...
However, given how difficult it is for some adults to understand how we feel at times, it never hurts to use different tools to help children understand their emotions. In this sense, we sign up the viral patch game that a teacher uses with her students to find out how children feel at school every day.
The game that a teacher at a school in El Paso (Texas, United States) has viralized is very simple. Upon entering the classroom each child should point to patches on the wall how you want to be greeted that day: with a hug, with a handshake, high-fives, or knuckle-waving. Every day, a different child is in charge of offering this beautiful gesture to the rest of his classmates, who are passing one by one.
The option that each child chooses can help the teacher to get used to the idea of how your students feel. Thus, without saying a word, a child who has problems at home can ask for a hug or a student who has come to class today full of joy wants a strong 'high five' to transmit all his energy to his partner positive.
This game can be used to receive children and that they start the day with a smile, but it can also be done at the end of the day or the week to see your students off in style.
What a nice way to end our week !! ❤️? #TeamSISD #ShookTranscends @DSShook_ES @SocorroISD pic.twitter.com/i4I762ELr2- Ms. Blancas (@blancas_DSSE) November 30, 2018
This game is even more effective when created by the students themselves. Although the teacher may be in charge of making the patches, it will be much more fun and interesting for you all to do it together in the classroom. In this way, you get children to participate in the entire creation process and, therefore, they will feel much more enthusiastic when using it on a daily basis.
To do this, you must explain to the whole class what the game consists of and how you are going to organize to play it. Divide the children into small groups (the number will depend on the number of patches you want to make) and ask them to do together a nice drawing that reflects one of the emotions. They can be of all kinds: hearts that correspond to giving a hug, a crying face that means drawing a smile on the other's face, some musical notes that are equivalent to a little dance ...
Then each group must expose the rest of the children what does your emotion consist of. Once everyone understands what each patch means, you should stick them on the wall, next to the door or in a special corner of the classroom.
This game is a great tool for teachers to help children talk about their emotions, but it has many other benefits.
1. If used to enter the child, it predisposes him to let the day start with joy. And if it is used after school, it helps you go home happy.
2. Values as important to children as friendship Y companionship.
3. Also empathy is fosteredas other children will be able to understand more easily how their peers feel.
4. Promotes a caring environment in class love and trust. As a result, children will feel more willing to show their feelings without fear of being judged.
5. The ability to wait patiently for your turnas the children have to line up until it is their time to point to the patch.
6. The creativity, since children can imagine and draw different types of emotions.
7. Every day a different child is the protagonist, so everyone will have a special moment each month. The teacher can also participate, both as the protagonist and as one more member of the line.
8. When creating patches as a group, you practice the ability to teamwork.
9. This patch game is very useful at school, but can also be used at home to talk about the emotions and feelings of all family members. It can be a great way to find out how your children's day has really gone at school.
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