Over the past year I have pulled out some of my teacher resources which have been sitting in boxes to use to help my kids develop some basic skills. Some have been handwriting worksheets and others like puzzles and games such as memory have been to play with as well as building some skills which students should have when they start school.
One resource that I am using currently is one I used to use with an individual child or the whole class, is the Happy or Sad Dial.
Individually I would use it with a child so they could let me know how they were going emotionally during the day. It was great as they didn’t always have to verbalise how they were feeling. Great for those kids that struggle with using words to tell you how they feel.
As a group I would actually be the one using the dial to say how I was feeling during the day. Great silent indicator of the noise level, behaviour, work completion. For those students that are visual it works much better than the grumpy teacher raising her voice to get their message across. At the end of the day if I was really happy we would have 10 minutes to go outside, play a quick game or listen to an audio book.
This is the second time I have retrieved it at home. I started using it because Hayden wasn’t talking a lot and was feeling frustrated when trying to tell you how he was feeling. So he could use it and tell us how he was feeling.
Yesterday I decided to start using it again as a help in the mornings to get Hayden to school….how do you feel when you leave and how do you feel when you get home from school? Showing him that he is happy when he comes home because he has had a great day at school.
Today he has moved it about 5 times already. Once because he was cross at his sister for knocking down his cubby house. Now he can link the words and tell me why he has chosen the picture he does. At the moment Mikala has moved it to the really sad crying face, because she was put in her room for knocking down the cubby house. Chance to chat to her about how to be happier and make the right choices for that.
So if you have a child or children like me this might be a great little tool that you could use to help them with their feelings. You could just draw it on a whiteboard, find a printable or make one up yourself. Sorry I cant link straight to this one – I have had it for 10+ years and not even sure what PD I went to and was shown the idea. I hope you find the ideas helpful!
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