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Exploring emotions through books and movies


Last week, we provided a few tips on how to support your child when they’re experiencing an intense emotion. This week, try this activity suggestion to further enrich their emotional learning:

Reading a book or watching a movie can be a great time to practice identifying emotions in oneself and in others. As the action unfolds in a story, ask your child to predict:

  • How the character will feel
  • Why the character will feel that way
  • How your child would feel if they were in the character’s position

After the story is over, discuss whether your child’s predictions were correct. Why or why not? Emotional understanding is essential to your child’s ability to socialize with their peers. Open communication about emotions is an excellent way to support your child’s development!

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