Interviewee: Do you feel proud? What do you feel proud about?
How are you gonna make your face look?
Male Voice 3: Happy.
Interviewee: Happy. Angry. Scary.
A typical morning, kids will come in. We encourage them to do an emotional check-in as a way of helping them identify their own emotions and other people's emotions. They come in and they choose their own picture and they place it in a jar that reflects what they might be feeling.
What did you—
Female Voice: Sad.
Interviewee: You're sad? Why are you sad?
Female Voice: Because I want my monkey.
Interviewee: Oh, you miss your monkey? Why don't you go give your monkey a hug?
For many kids, when it's new, they don't always recognize the difference between maybe happy and excited or scared and angry. This is a way of helping them identify that emotion in themselves and also being able to visually see it in other people, as well.
That's Andres right there. What does Andres feel like?
Male Voice 4: He's sad.
Interviewee: Sad. Andres was feeling sad.
I try to encourage them throughout the day to, oh, this morning you were feeling sad. I see you, but you don't look sad anymore. Maybe you'd—and they'll tell me how they're feeling. Oh, go move your picture.
Which one looks like how you feel? Which one do you choose? You can always change it later. You don't have to leave it there.
It's nice cuz it's concrete for them. It gives them a sense of satisfaction and a way of identifying this is how I'm feeling right now. Kids that are older, I've seen, have been doing it for a while, will do this independently