- a copy of the This is How I Feel Today Chart
- copy of Feeling Faces Chart
- pencil & crayons
- copies of the Feelings Journal Paper
This feelings journal is similar to the Good Feelings journal except that it asks your child to identify how he is feeling daily, which can be a little more complicated. In order to keep track of how your child is feeling, it's a good idea to have a copy of the "This is How I Feel Today Chart (provided by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning) hung somewhere nearby.
The chart has a number of different faces accompanied by the feelings words that go with those faces. You may also want to print out a copy of the Feeling Faces, also provided by the CSEFEL, so your child can cut out and glue the appropriate face on his paper.
Check in Twice a Day
This journal is used more as a way to check in with your child at the beginning and the end of the day than to have him provide in depth information about why he's feeling what he's feeling. At the beginning of the day, have him point to the face that best expresses his current emotional state and why. Have him draw that face or cut it and glue it onto a dated copy of the . Do the same at the end of the day, on the same piece of paper.
End of the Week Emotional Review
At the end of the week, sit down with your child and review the emotions he identified as feeling at the beginning and ending of each day. Discuss with him what emotion is most common and what feelings are unusual. Then you can talk about those days in more depth and talk about the circumstances surrounding those emotions. As he gets better at recognizing his own changing moods, he'll be more able to verbalize them to the people around him.