A big part of early childhood education is developing social skills and learning to communicate feelings and emotions. It can be tough for young kids to identify how they feel and relate to others, so we love to use resources such as this emotions emergent reader to learn about feelings!
Emotions Emergent Reader
Making the emergent reader is a piece of cake! I printed out the book double sided, made copies as needed, then cut in half and stapled. One set will make you two books in a flash!
I find it helpful to read picture books about emotions or feelings before giving my students their own book to read and color. Some of my favorites are The Feelings Book by Todd Parr and The Way I Feel by Janan Cain.
After reading books about feelings, I gave my kids each their own copy of the emergent reader. We read it together, looking at the pictures to see if we could identify the feeling based on expressions.
The emergent reader contains a repetitive pattern of “I feel __” on each page, making it a simple reader and confidence booster for kids as they start to track print and connect meaning to words.
After my kids colored their readers and read them with a partner, we came back to the carpet to share how we were currently feeling.
It is also fun to pick a page out of the book to act out. For example – “Show me how angry might look” or “How might you act if you were scared?”
After we finished, I sent the books home with my students to read to their parents. I love having books that can go home with them to keep!
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