The Way I Feel by Janan Cain

From my own book collection, I reread The Way I Feel by Janan Cain aloud with my daughter today. To be honest, I ran out of books to read! I finished my picture book stack from our last library visit. But, I am glad that I returned to one of my favorites for this #BookaDay challenge. I have not read it since my boys were little and before the movie Inside Out was made. 

Each emotion is highlighted over two pages with small text which describes it in a way a child can understand and relate to if they have had experience with it. The illustrations assist the child in the understanding of the word. 

I really like how this book gives meaning and a name to the different of emotions that children may experience. Because they have a name and a definition, students know that they are real and that they have a purpose. I have found in working with and raising children that this is not something they just know. What they do know, is that it is a different feeling than what they had before. So it is important that they find out what to do with the emotions that they experience. 

After reading this book, I want to do an activity in their journal. Each student will create a chart be given a chart to cut and paste into their writing journals. The section headings will be the different emotions discussed in the book; as well as some blank sections. The headings: Characteristics, Examples, and Appropriate Response will guide the discussions. Then we will have a second reading of the book. Through each of the emotions, we will discuss as a class what are some characteristics of this emotion, times that we have felt this way, and how do we appropriately respond to the emotion. This completed chart, will be a reference guide for students in their writing or a directed assignment to those students having difficulty processing an emotion. 

This book was read in part of my #BookaDay Summer Reading Challenge, you can learn more about this here. Please feel free to subscribe to my blog or follow me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time .....

1 comment:

  1. The illustrations in The Way I Feel are so bright and bold--definitely attractive to kids. And I love the fact that both genders and multiple cultures are represented. Great book for discussing feelings! Have a wonderful reading week, Jeanie!


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