I have a great book for children to tell you about today that helps them to put a name to feelings....Theo's Mood by Maryann Cocca-Leffler. Here is the scoop...
It's Mood Monday and Miss Cady's class is sharing how they feel after the
weekend. But Theo doesn't know whether he's in a good mood or a bad
mood. He has a new baby sister and he isn't just happy like Eric who got
a new bike or sad like April who lost her dog. As Theo's classmates
discuss all their feelings, he realizes he's not in a good mood or a bad
mood—he's all those things!
As mom to three, I know it can be a real challenge for children to understand and put a name to their feelings. Theo's Mood does a wonderful job of naming a variety of feelings (happy, proud, jealous afraid to name a few) and it does an excellent job using life events a child can relate with to match up with those feelings (new bike, getting a home run, sister winning a prize and lost in the mall). Something I particularly enjoyed while reading this to my 4 year old daughter was the fact that Theo is not just one feeling but a jumble of them. The birth of his new sister has him jealous, sad, happy, proud and more all at the same time....this helps kids to understand that feelings are not so "cut and dry". This book is an excellent resource for helping children understand their feelings and opening up the lines of communication. Additionally, this book would make a wonderful gift for a new big sibling as it addresses the feelings that come with no longer being the "baby" of the family.
To order Theo's Mood visit the publisher's website HERE.
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