In this webinar we were joined by Jan Blaxall and Janet Foster from Tools for Life! Jan and Janet joined us to discuss how emotional literacy is the cornerstone for emotional regulation and the role educators can play in fostering emotional intelligence and regulation. They will be diving into practical strategies for how educators can support children in developing a sense of control over their emotions, and how they can recognize and safely express these emotions. We learnt how to select and use books for emotional literacy, and how opportunities to enhance emotional literacy happen everyday in the classroom! This is an important webinar for educators of all age level. Keep reading to download the recording and slides!
🎤Our Special Guest:
Jan Blaxall – Early Years Specialist at Tools for Life
Jan Blaxall has retired from teaching Early Childhood Education courses at Fanshawe College, London, and Conestoga College, Kitchener, after 30 years. Now Jan provides professional learning and mentoring to ECEs and other professionals working with children, in the areas of emotional and social development. Jan enjoys sharing her perspective with other professionals in many ways.
Janet Foster – Faculty Early Childhood Education Program at Fanshaw College
Janet Foster has been a professor of the Early Childhood Education Program at Fanshawe College in Ontario for over 30 years and is currently the Coordinator of the ECE program. Her area of expertise and passion is focused on the importance of social- emotional development and the role that Early Childhood Educators play. Jan and Janet have worked together doing research and writing for two decades and both are excited about the opportunities to continue this work in partnership with the Tools for Life Team.
🧪Key Learning Outcomes from Jan and Janet!
- Young children need a close connection with a trusted and calm person where they learn to co-regulate before self-regulating.
- Emotional literacy is one of the most important skills a child is taught in the early years. It enables children to be socially competent and enhances their ability to read social cues. It is the cornerstone to emotional intelligence.
- A high emotional intelligence will help children feel more connected to others, and help them form relationships.
- To build emotional literacy in young children, you need to build their emotional vocabulary through communication and discussion around the feelings they experience.
- Let children know that all feelings are valid, and it is what you do with them that counts.
- Using books about emotions is an ideal way to help children acquire the emotional literacy that they need.
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