You may want to use a visual with this!
Ask tamariki to look through the emotions, and – if they want to – name how they’re feeling. Reiterate that their feelings are normal, and that it's ok to feel a range of different things. They can feel more than one at any time – that’s normal too. Acknowledging that their emotions will change, sometimes quickly and sometimes over the course of the day will be another good thing to chat about.
Encouraging kindness and empathy
If a child becomes upset, let them know this is very normal. See if they can name the emotion or support them to name the emotion and let them know that others will be feeling like this too. Sometimes asking the rest of the group can help. Who else feels a bit like this – a show of hands, or even a few head nods, can be reassuring. Kōrero about:
- How can we look after each other today?
- What could you do to spread kindness today?
An end of day recap
Return to this at the end of the day and see if anyone spotted someone else sharing kindness and looking after others? Kōrero may include:
- This morning we looked at how we were feeling on our first day back, and I can see that your feelings and emotions may have changed throughout the day.
- Who has felt lots of different emotions today?
- Can anyone name how they are feeling now?
Repeat the activity with the emotion options – and if they’re feeling the same that’s totally fine. Ask tamariki what they’re noticing about their feelings. All this will be a great gauge for you moving forward.