This semester in Peace the Upper Elementary students have been talking about emotions, feelings, and moods. We started off by looking at the Atlas of Emotions where we talked about the five “universal emotions” and emotional triggers. I’d like to encourage parents to take a few minutes and check out the Atlas of Emotions by following the link above.
We then talked about the differences between emotions and feelings and discussed constructive things we can do when we experience negative feelings. Creating these tools at a younger age can help our students be more resilient as they go through life.
We finished off by creating “feeling self-portraits”. The students began by making a pencil self-portrait and then, using a specially designed color wheel, they colored in the portrait with colors that reflected how they were feeling at the time.
It was interesting watching the students share their feelings through artwork.