Feelings lessons are part of preschool curriculum in almost every class. Lessons on feelings terms help preschoolers to deal with behavior issues.
It also helps to understand feelings. Whether emotions take part of our daily lives, it is our feelings that we express when we are happy, sad, frustrated, angry, excited or surprised.
Much of our feelings show up in our faces. We express happiness when we smile and show sadness when we frown.
In this feelings lesson plan, you will learn how feelings are part of our brains. This lesson also includes a brief bilingual activity to teach children about feelings.
We even demonstrate excitement when we gasp in surprise. Our bodies help us to express our feelings.
Whether sad or happy, we sometimes use our hands and arms to add to the movement. Whether we are angry or frustrated, we use our high pitch voices and hands.
But all these emotions we control. We manage these feelings with our brains.
What type of emotions can we experience?
We experience being tired, scared, glad, frustrated, proud, angry, or smart. All these feelings, in one particular way or another, are connected to our brain.
Our brains interpret when we are crying, smiling, feeling scared, sensitive, proud, or tired. But how do these emotions connect to our brains?
Brief science background
The limbic system in our brains interprets our feelings and emotions. This consists of the thalamus, the hypothalamus, the hippocampus, and the amygdala.
An important part of the brain is the brain stem. In fact, at the bottom of the brain, you will find the brain stem. The hippocampus and amygdala associate with building memories.
Our limbic system delivers trigger impulses as we use our five senses. For examples, different regions of the limbic system manifest the emotions that we feel.
The amygdala is an essential component of our feelings since it can let us know how to respond to other people. In particular, The amygdala plays an important role in the feelings of anger, fear, and aggression.
The hypothalamus regulates the chemical production when our feelings change. Neurotransmitters establish different types of feelings based on various nerve impulses.
The hypothalamus also regulates the physical alterations we encounter when we cry or sweat. We often don’t realize how interconnected our feelings are with respect to our bodies.
When we perceive a beautiful color of a flower, our five senses are excited. The nerve impulses sent to our limbic system begin to establish memories and feelings.
We then associate with that particular flower smell and appearance. In fact, our bodies, a network of systems, allow us to perform multiple functions.
Use the free worksheets about feelings. Simply, print several sheets and cut them. Use them as cards to play the memory game. Once students match all pieces, reward by them with stickers, special privileges, or candy.