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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Feelings Mini-Poster & Face the Pose; Feelings 5

Body Language 
Body language is non verbal communication that is a key to understanding thoughts and feelings.  Body language is shown through facial expression, gestures, and posture.  It says everything about what we are thinking, even when we try to hide what we are feeling on the exterior.
Feelings Mini-Poster
Cut out pictures that relate to emotions from magazines.  Encourage children to find many different emotions to show a variety of feelings.  Glue the pictures on a small poster board.  Older children may want to label pictures with the emotion they show.   It is often difficult to find magazine pictures of angry, worried and surprised.  It helps to clip pictures as you run across them and offer as a choice to use.


After the poster is finished or on the next occasion, have the child/children demonstrate the posture that matches the facial expression of each of their pictures on the poster.

Face the Pose
(You will need pictures or drawings of different facial expressions or scenes showing body language; photos, magazines pictures, expressions found on the Internet http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Facial+expressions&qpvt=Facial+expressions&FORM=IGRE#x0y0).


Review, The Face Moves; Feelings 2, Re-Posted Below.  


One at a time show a  pictures or drawings of an expression, and have everyone mimic the facial expression and what posture they think should go along with it.  Then ask the questions below and brainstorm answers.

How does the person or character feel in the picture or drawing? 
(Happy, sad, frustrated…)

How do you know how the person or character feels?  
(Corners of mouth turned up/down, arms are relaxed to the side/crossed at chest...)

When do you, or have you felt this way?
(I feel (have felt), this way when …)

If you do not like the way you feel, what do you do to feel better?
(Breath slowly, take a walk/jog, positive self talk, count slowly…)

(Review of: The Face Moves; Feelings 2)

        Happy - When you are happy you are usually smiling.  Think about how your face and posture change when you are feeling happy or proud. 
1         Place your fingertips at the corners of your mouth; now smile.  When we smile the corners of our mouth raise up, (practice: smile, relax, smile, relax…).
2         Place your fingertips on your cheeks; now smile.  What happens to your cheeks?  Your cheeks raise up.  Practice.
3         Very carefully Place your fingertips to the side of your eyes; now smile.  Your eyes will squint a little bit.  Practice.
4         When you are happy where are you looking?  Most likely straight ahead with your head and chin held high, (practice: smile-head held high, relax…).
5         Think about your posture when you are feeling happy.  Most often you will be sitting up straight or standing tall with your shoulders back, (practice: smile with posture up straight, relax...). 

        Sad - Think about how your face and posture change when you are feeling sad or lonely.
1         Place your fingertips at the corners of your mouth.  When you are sad or lonely, the corners of your mouth turn down, (practice sad, relax, sad, relax...).
2         Place your fingertips on your eyebrows; pretend you are sad or worried.  When you are sad/worried your eyebrows go down.  Practice.
3         When you are sad, lonely or worried, where are you looking?  Most likely your eyes are looking down, (practice face droops & eyes look down, relax…). 
4         Think about your posture when you are feeling sad, worried or lonely.  Most often you will slump a little bit, with your shoulders and neck drooping, (practice sad with body slumped/drooping, relax…).

        Angry - Think about how your face and posture change when you are feeling angry.
1             Place your fingertips at the corners of your mouth; now pretend you are very angry.  Your lips press together and outward, (angry, relax, angry…).
2         Place your fingertips on your eyebrows; now pretend you are angry.  Your eyebrows go toward each other or inward.  Practice.
3         Place your fingertips on your forehead; now pretend you are angry.  Your forehead winkles.  Practice.
4         Pretend you are very, very angry.  What are your muscles doing, especially your stomach.  Your muscles tighten and your stomach can feel like it has a knot inside of it.  Sometimes people make fists or crossed arms, (practice muscles tightening, relax...).

      Next time you are happy, sad, or angry, see if you notice how your face and body posture change, especially if you are angry.

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