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Alphabet Letters and Feelings Go Hand in Hand for Fun Learning in Colorful Picture Book for Little Readers

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Travel Through the Alphabet and Explore Feelings

fun with the alphabet and exploring feelings

fun with the alphabet and exploring feelings

Feeling the Different Emotions Through the Alphabet

Bonnie Lui's ABC of Feelings is a colorful and fun picture book for little readers who are beginning to learn the letters of the alphabet. Little readers will have the opportunity to explore feelings with each letter and learn the concept that it is ok to have a variety of emotions. Each alphabet letter is given a word that identifies a feeling that everyone feels at one time or another. Colorful illustrations with fun characters demonstrate the emotion that the alphabet letter names. A IS FOR ANXIOUS is an emotion that all children are feeling now. Beginning with this emotion offers the opportunity to open a discussion with little readers about feeling anxious and what things or situations are causing them to feel anxious. B IS FOR BRAVE continues the discussion of how they can feel brave through the situations that are cuasing their anxiety. O IS FOR OVERWHELMED offers an opportunity for children to explore this emotion of feeling overwhelmed by the events in their world that they see on the news. T IS FOR TRUSTING can open a conversation for children to identify people that they trust in their world. How about introducing X IS FOR XENIAL? This feeling denotes a welcoming for strangers.

The colorful and fun illustrations with a variety of facial expressions for the characters add interest to reading and learning each alphabet letter and emotion. Laura Callaghan, a clinical psychologist and consultant, added her idea at the end of the book that it is very important for our children to learn about their emotions. Mental health for our children is foremost in the news now more than ever. She chose ABC of Feelings for her specialist team to use with young children.

ABC of Feelings is recommended for ages 4-8. It was published by Philomel Books, a division of Penguin/Random House. It has an ISBN OF 978-0-593-20519-8.

Bright and Colorful Illustrations Add to the Fun of Learning ABC's and Feelings

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Bring the ABC's and Feelings Into Your Early Childhood Classroom

Teachers who teach in early childhood classrooms will want to add Bonnie Lui's ABC of Feelings to their classroom bookshelf. This colorful picture book offers a wealth of ideas for teaching both the alphabet letters and offering young children the opportunity explore all of their feelings that they experience from time to time.

*Most teachers who introduce the alphabet to their young readers begin with the consonants. I would use this book when introducing a letter and it is not necessary to read the book in sequence when teaching the alphabet. The first consonant is B FOR BRAVE. This might have special significance for your young readers currently and starting with the letter B and the emotion of being brave might have special meaning for children who need to be brave in their current world.

*Read the page for the letter of the week in your classroom. Name the letter and introduce the feeling that the letter can be associated with. Provide the opportunity for children to recognize the alphabet letter at the beginning of the word and within the spelling of the word on the page.

*Engage children in a class discussion of each word that names a feeling. Compile a class list of things or situations that cause the feeling for each child. Engage the children in a discussion of how they cope with the feeling.

*Compile a list of the positive feelings from the picture book. Engage the children in a discussion of their ideas of the things or situations when they feel these positive emotions.

*Compile of separate list of the negative feelings from the picture book. Engage the children in a discussion of their ideas or things or situations that cause these negative feelings. How do the children cope with these negative feelings?

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