Welcome to Session 4. This week is all about helping kids express their feelings in positive and safe ways. Youll learn strategies to share with parents and explore resources they can use to practice. This mini-session will help you remind caregivers that they can help their children feel safe to positively express their feelings. 

Download this weeks overview and the caregiver take-home packet. 

Remember: As with all Sesame Strong bundles, you can share the messages, strategies, and resources with caregivers in many ways (not just in a workshop setting). Keep it simple, and do what works for you! 

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    Gather & Share

    1. Consider beginning your parent mini-session with a mindfulness moment. 
    2. Check in. How did the Sesame Strong activities go last session? What was your favorite resource? Any challenges? Questions? 
    3. Introduce this sessionBig Idea (the why): All feelings are okay. Children need positive ways to express them. Parents and caregivers can help them do just that! 
    4. Then, share this sessionStrategy Spotlight (the how): Notice and name feelings. 

    Explain that emotional awarenessknowing the names of feelings, and what they look and sound likecan help children identify, express, and manage their own feelings. It helps when parents model emotional awareness and empathy. 

    This weeks caregiver resources support our theme by providing opportunities to explore, read, and play together. The next sections outline how you might review these resources with parents and how they can use them at home with their children. 

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    Me Time

    Parents get it: kids have feelings of all shapes and sizes. Use todays workshop to explore with caregivers how every day brings chances for children to express these emotions. The Expressing Emotions article offers five fun, hands-on ways to get kids to share their feelings. 

    Distribute the article and ask parents to underline tips or points theyd like to remember. 

    While youre on the topic of feelings, you might ask parents to reflect on what puts them at ease to open up about emotions. How might they help their child feel the same way? 

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    Explore Together

    Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lbizooup9ko

     When we, as caregivers, help children express and understand their emotions, were helping them overcome challenges, understand others, and communicate. Thats pretty powerful! Share the Feelings and Emotions video with parents and discuss simple ways they can help kids name their feelings so that they can move through and beyond them. 

    Encourage parents to watch the video at home with their children. Then they might help kids name their own feelings with questions like these: 

    • Can you talk about the feelings Rosita is having 
    • When have you felt those feelings? 
    • How does your body or face change when you have different feelings? 

     

    Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbg6H5k5604

    Remind caregivers to reassure kids, Everyone feels bad sometimes, and thats okay” Parents might borrow from Chris when he says in the video, Feelings pass and feelings change!” And we can learn how to handle all kinds of emotions. 

    Encourage parents to watch the video Noticing That Feelings Change with their childrenand sing along with Chris and Elmo! Then they can have kids name some feelings theyve had today. Ask, Did your feelings change during the day? 

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    Read Together

    Launch

    Grown-ups can model strategies to help ease kids’ big feelings. Share Comfy Cozy Nest with parents, and have them ask themselves, How does Alan help Big Bird feel calmer? How can I do the same for my child? 

    Invite parents to cuddle up with their kids and read through this Big Bird story together.  

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    Play Together

    Launch

    Drawing can help children show and share their feelings. Share the Draw Whats in Your Heart interactive with caregivers, and suggest they introduce it to their children at home. 

    It can be so much easier to start a conversation when kids begin it themselveswithout words. At home, parents can sit with their children as they draw. They might ask children to tell about what theyve drawn. This gives kids an opportunity to show and share feelings or memories that may be just too big for words. 

    Download Printable

    As you share the Feelings Tic-Tac-Toe printable with parents, offer this encouragement, “Helping children reflect on and name their feelings gives them the language to share those feelings with you.”

     

     

     

    Launch

    At home, as parents play this game with their children, they might ask, How many boxes can you check off today?” They might also use the Feelings Faces page to help name feelings. 

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    Friendly Reminders + Notes for Next Time

    Remind: 

    • Questions are always welcome. Share with parents the best way to contact you with questions. 
    • Review the date and time for next sessions mini-workshop. 
    • Thank parents for their partnership and participation. 

    Reflect: 

    • What went well? 
    • What could I do differently for the next session? 
    • Who might I ask for help?