Observe the child during the daily routines and play activities.
When the child is not watching the adult, the adult can elicit a state or an emotion such as disgust, sadness, being hurt, etc. Don’t tell the child what you are reacting to, and see if the child asks.
The child asks questions like, “What’s that?” or asks about the emotion, “You sad?”
Asking children about their feelings encourages them to think about them and also ask others about theirs. Make it a family activity to talk about their day: “What made you happy?” “What made you sad?” “What made you mad?”
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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