Being inspired by a storybook titled "In My Heart: A Book of Feelings" written by Jo Witek, little by little, we unpack the many feelings we have within us. Happiness, anger, sadness, bravery, or even shyness . . . are just some of the many feelings we encounter in our daily walks. Acknowledging these various feelings which are indescribable sometimes and hold uniqueness of its own is a lifetime journey.
We learn to interpret its illustrations during our group time. During our group conversation, we build-up an association between interpreting illustrations and understanding own and others' feelings and emotions through facial expressions or body languages.
We try to acknowledge the abstract shapes or forms of feelings and emotions being conveyed by asking ourselves. "Do feelings have shapes or forms?" "If they have some forms or shapes, how do they look like?"
On one fine day outdoors, George, who used to shy away from worms, chooses to demonstrate bravery and kindness toward it nowadays. He has noticed how the worm curls its body which is possibly a shape of fearing of the busy movement by the crowd around. With an aid of a little stick in his gentle hand, George offers the worm to slide its body on it prior to him rescuing the worm into the little house.
Journeying with excitements or being determined is so pleasurable. Climbing a tree together is so exciting! We become a ball of energy! We suddenly have this push factor to put all of that energy to a good use and get a little physical.
Feeling whimsical when following a butterfly creates a chain reaction for our actions. The shapes of sudden and unaccountable changes in our mood or behaviors are apparent.
Riding our tricycles downhill could be a daunting feeling to us at the beginning. However, slowly but surely, we put our fear aside. With support from our peers and others, we build-up on our confident feeling. And of course, practices make perfect!
Spelling the letters of our own names has a feeling of being inquisitive! The keenness of learning has a form of following the objects changing shape. Science skills behind this involve us making observations using our senses, investigating and communicating our findings.
This is the time for us to understand the shapes of our mixed feelings when we understand our dear friend, Dhanush, has to move away. We choose to go through this feeling through our shared representation and a little celebration to keep our moments consisting of uphill and downhill paths of friendships last forever! Till we meet again soon, Dhanush, stay joyful in and be excited of your next journeys ahead!
Children & Friends.
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