Social & Emotional

Emotional self-regulation, a large component of emotional intelligence, is the ability to manage one’s experience and expression of emotions. With practice, children improve their capacity for emotional self-regulation. By age four, most children start to use strategies to eliminate disturbing external stimuli. In other words, they cover their eyes when they’re […]

How to Strengthen Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is a set of skills associated with monitoring one’s own and others’ emotions, and the ability to use emotions to guide one’s thinking and actions (Salovey & Mayer 1990). Emotions impact our attention, memory, and learning; our ability to build relationships with others; and our physical and mental […]

Teaching Emotional Intelligence in Early Childhood

Have you ever wondered why we get angry? According to psychologist Daniel Goleman, “emotions are, in essence, impulses to act, the instant plans for handling life that evolution has instilled in us.” Read the full article here.

The Anger Iceberg

Being able to recognise and express emotions is an important land mark of development for small children. Until this point the confusion and anger that they sometimes feel can often cause tantrums and frustration, so it is important to help them learn to understand and identify how they are feeling. […]

Emotion Song: How Are You Feeling Today?

Calm down jars can be any jar filled with a simple mixture of glue, glitter and warm water. If you are like us, you add in one of your favorite toys, too… LEGO! Any time your child (or you) need a break, give the jar a GREAT BIG shake (I promise the shaking […]

LEGO Calm Down Jar

Little G got to practice her emotional intelligence skills this morning by sorting sad and happy faces.  So interesting how difficult it is for her to recognize sad faces when it does not involve crying! Read all about it here!

Happy And Sad Face Sorting