Latticed Learning - Feelings

Learn while playing with Latticed Learning!  This week's theme has plenty of activities to go along with it - keep reading to find out more!

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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from the past while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly themes - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will be fun for you to explore with your little one!

Read All About It

There are some great children's books out there about emotions! Here are some of our favorites:

The Way I Feel is easily one of our favorite books ever, so of course we spent lots of time reading it this week.  G and I were so surprised to see how easily Gv started naming her own feelings after we'd read this book to her just a few times while we were camping this summer.


If You're Happy and You Know It is another family favorite - and the first book that Gv really started interacting with.  She can totally "read" it by herself now and often keeps herself busy singing and dancing along as she turns the pages.  A bonus for this book:  it gets everyone up and moving!


When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry has always been a book that the students in my class were drawn to, but I'd never actually sat down and read it myself until this week.  Gv kept requesting it again and again and I can see why - Sophie gets upset and has a very real reaction to her difficult situation.  In her anger, she takes off and runs right out the door - which at first seems like a poor choice for how to cope with such big feelings.  However, the great big world begins to calm Sophie down, and we learn that this strategy is one way that helps you feel better when facing such big, red rage yourself.


One Lonely Sea Horse is a clever little book that not only covers emotions, but counting and food, too.  You'll be amazed at the photos - all the objects are created from things like mushrooms, fruits, and vegetables!

The Rainbow Fish

Franklin in the Dark

The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers

The Grumpy Morning

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

Wemberly Worried

Silly Sally

I Am a Rainbow

Sing Some Songs

We listened to two main things this week:

This album by Hap Palmer and this one by Jack Hartmann.

Watch Some Videos

This movie is an obvious choice for the week, but we actually watched this one that Gv requested, which I felt fit in pretty well with the theme of feelings, since about half of the little dudes featured are named for emotions.

Play and Create

We did several things to correspond to our emotions topic this week:

For starters, I'd had this great idea to take photographs of Gv showing expressions for all sorts of feelings (and then we'd stick them in a photo album from the dollar store to name again later), but once the camera was trained on her, every single emotion was portrayed like this:

She's suddenly got the "Cheese!" thing figured out during photos

I'd come across this social worker's post and loved the idea of coloring in a heart with the emotions bottled up inside.  I knew Gv was still a bit young to complete the activity in the way described, but I came up with this modification for her:

First, we colored in the five squares and labeled each color the same way as in I Am A Rainbow (book linked above).  The only difference is that I substituted orange for pink and decided that it should represent "happy."

Next, I had Gv choose one of the crayon colors, tell me what emotion the color represented, and then use it to color in the heart.

As she was coloring, I asked her when she felt that way.  For example, she said she felt scared when she heard thunder, or sad when she got a boo-boo.

Another thing we did was place another dice game - which Gv loved playing so much, she got her friend Minnie to join her:

In case you missed it, you can read the post I wrote about this fun game - and print out your free download so you can play it at your house!

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