Author: personal Elizabeth Nishiyama Moniz and Karen Ramos
Emotional education is fundamental to human development. In this way, it is important to teach children to recognize their feelings and manage early childhood.
Currently, the empathy cited by many people, but we put ourselves in the place of another is not enough. Compassion is showing empathy and put in the work, in the sense of the cooperative. More than wear other shoes, it is necessary to make the collaborative work of the students is stagnant. It requires listening and encouraging example. “We need to educate the hearts and minds,” said Father Murray.
Is in the relationship with the other that if you can live with different ideas, tastes and characteristics. This requires social and emotional learning. In this way, the big example for the children and need to take care of emotional skills. There is no point in the speech of sympathy, if the adults don’t move in your daily life.
Thinking in working with these issues, we created the wheel of the “heart” in the second park of Santa Maria a few years ago. It happens at the end of the day and includes various proposals from the reports of the events that left the “heart” happy, sad, angry etc and the moment of relaxation through different games, like “tickles hot”, the name chosen for our class.
The IS system in each other, make warmth on the skin with a brush, cotton or cloth or even a gift from a friend what you know how to do, how friendship bracelet. We also have space with cardboard boxes and pads for the children to have privacy when desired. These situations are opportunities for interaction and perception, and freedom of expression, freedom of decision-making, emotional regulation and tolerance. The goal is to create a potential name problems and how to express them, and perception of the self and the other, respectfully.
One of the games conducted during the moments of relaxation is the “game of the cup” (from a meditation book for children, Susan Kaiser Greenland). It consists in passing a cup (or glass) filled with water to the fellow next to you on the steering wheel. Share this game with your class before, was also inspired to continue on the wheel of the heart in their daily routine.
So many times we hear children say: “I don’t want to be your friend!”, Or noticed some more calm, others chasing after a colleague who took his game. They need time, Ways and possibilities to look at listening to understand the other yourself… means to consider their feelings and also those of the individuals concerned.
Children need to learn how to dive into the feelings and deal with them. And each one reacts in one direction, according to the experience of life. With respect to this and open the space so they can express themselves a part of the emotional education come.
It is natural to talk about the likes of good. In “the wheel of the heart”, the use of children in dialogue to express feelings and ideas and sensations of joy and also when there is something they don’t like: “I’m sad because my father traveled for work” (P. 5). Express yourself about what makes us sad is also necessary! In this sense, it is important to validate children’s feelings.
Antonio R. Damasio (1994) says: “the feelings of the last word refers to the way the brain and cognition are involved in their functions”. Therefore, the talk about feelings of joy, sadness, anger, fear is the key to all these perceptions are interpreted by the body-brain learning system between perception, feel, Act, have fun and express yourself.