Feelings are a very important topic for my students at UCP. Now that the children in the Kindergarten class can express how they’re feeling, we hear “I’m mad!” or “That made me sad!” ALL day long. They’re getting a lot of practice with expressing their feelings.
Here’s one of their favorite songs to sing during music therapy, called “How Are You?” Not only does this song allow them the opportunity to express their feelings, but it’s great practice in encouraging them to use complete sentences (for example, ”I feel happy!”) Watch and see!
These are the pictures I use for the activity (I prefer real pictures to Boardmaker) -
Here are some things I do to extend the activity:
- I talk with them about what things make them feel happy, sad, mad, etc. The most common answer for what makes them feel sad? As you hear in the video “When mommy does pow pow.” (i.e. When mommy spanks them.)
- I also have the children practice singing the first part of the song and ask another child in the class “How are you? Tell me how are you?”
What is YOUR favorite song about feelings?
Song reference: by B. Brunk & S. Cartwright, Prelude Music Series