What is the theory behind this ‘I feel when’ worksheet?
The early years are crucial for emotional development and teaching emotion regulation skills. This is because laying an early foundation ensures the learning will continue on to adulthood. Learning to label emotions, their causes, their physical, psychological and behavioural effects helps children be aware of their actions and the ability to control them. Research has also shown how it can positively affect the teacher-student relationship and cognitive functioning leading to better academic outcomes.
How will the worksheet help?
This worksheet will help children who have learned to label emotions move on to the next step that is learning when these emotions occur. It will help them link their learning to actual experience which will further enhance their awareness of their emotions in certain situations.
How to use the worksheet?
This worksheet can be used with children ages 7 and above. Instruct the child to read the statements and write down the situations that make them feel that emotion. This worksheet can be used as a learning tool by teachers. It can also be used as a probing tool by counsellors to determine any specific emotion regulation issues or distressing situations that the child might be facing.
I feel when worksheet
For every statement write down the situations that make you feel that emotion
|I feel angry when:|
|I feel happy when:|
|I feel sad when:|
|I feel scared when:|
|I feel worried when:|
|I feel excited when:|
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Thümmler, R., Engel, E.-M., Bartz, J. (2022) Strengthening Emotional Development and Emotion Regulation in Childhood—As a Key
Task in Early Childhood Education. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19, 3978.
You can download this worksheet here.