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Help Your Child Develop an Emotional Vocabulary

Updated: Oct 18, 2020

At Crayon Kids Academy we believe in the holistic development of the child. We focus on academic skills but see emotional development as equally important. Emotional intelligence is one of the most critical skills needed to cope with the variety of challenges that form part of your child’s schooling journey. It starts developing in the earliest years of a child’s life and is an important stepping stone to success, both in the classroom and beyond. Emotional intelligence includes confidence, curiosity, self- control and the ability to work in a group and effectively interact with peers.

How can I help my child develop an emotional vocabulary? • Teach your child to recognise their emotions. You can show flashcards of different emotions and ask your child when they have felt the specific emotion before. Here is a link for free downloadable emotion flashcards cards.html

  • Teach your child to reflect on their feelings and emotions. This will not only help them understand their emotions but also better equip them to deal with this emotion when they are confronted with this emotion in the future.

  • Teach your child to manage their emotions. When your child understands why they are feeling a certain way, they can react more effectively when confronted with this emotion. If you equip your child with an emotional vocabulary, i.e. the ability to understand and express what they are experiencing, you will assist in making the journey that lies ahead for them much easier.

Nikita Pretorius

*Goleman, D. (2009). Emotional Intelligence Why it Can Matter More Than IQ. London: Bloomsbury.

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