EC Lotus: Montessori-PYP…If you’re happy and you know it, how do you show it?
Our Lotus parents shared some wonderful pictures of children looking happy in our WeChat group last week, giving us wonderful prompts to explore with such questions as:
上周我们莲花班家长们在微信群里分享了很多孩子快乐的照片，这也为我们的调研提供了很好的证明 我们自问 :
What does my face look like when I’m happy?
How does my body feel when I am happy?
What does my body do when I am happy?
What words do I use to express that I am happy?
In class we read “The Color Monster” by Anna Llenas and identified happiness, sadness, anger, fear and calm. We related feelings to colors and discussed how colors can evoke or represent emotions.
On Friday afternoon, guest speaker Dr. Fanny Lam, who has been a pediatrician for over 20 years, spoke about the importance of speaking to children about their emotions and feelings. She expressed that helping children talk about their feelings and giving them the vocabulary to identify their emotions, is one of the best ways to develop effective communication with our children. Dr. Lam also stressed the importance of listening; active listening, empathy and recognition of emotion is a better goal than solving your child’s problem.
周五的下午， Fanny Lam博士给我们带来了精彩的演讲，她曾经从事过20多年的幼儿医师，她着重阐述了与孩子谈论其自身情绪和感受的重要性。她提到了要帮助孩子谈论他们的感受，并给出具体的词汇来表达情绪，是与孩子进行有效沟通的最好方式之一。Lam博士也强调了倾听的重要性；与解决您孩子的问题相比，积极的倾听，同情以及认知情绪是一个更好的目标。
Now would be a great time to invite your child to sit with you to enjoy this week’s blog together. Look at the children’s faces below and talk to your child about what s/he was feeling in that picture. Invite your child to tell the story of what was happening in that picture. Look at the pictures of their classmates and see if they can tell their stories too and guess what they were feeling as well.
现在将是邀请您的孩子坐下来，与他一起欣赏班级博客的时间 . 看看以下孩子的表情，与您的孩子交流他们的感受如何 . 请欣赏班级同学的照片，试试孩子能否讲出与同学有关的故事并猜出他们的感受如何 .
We celebrated Somin’s birthday on Friday and sure saw a lot of smiley faces eating cupcakes!
When we invite children to tell stories about how they were/are feeling, they are engaging both the left and right side of their brain: this helps them make sense of their experiences and understand the world around them. Just naming the feeling is known to help the emotions calm down. This strategy is called “Name it to tame it.”
当我们邀请孩子讲出他们自己的感受时，孩子们正在努力的调动自己左边和右边的大脑：这将有助于帮助他们理解他们的经历以及周围的世界。仅将这种已知的感受进行命名，孩子就可以平静下来，这个策略的名字叫“通过命名去顺从”，来自于Dr. Dan Siegel 的《全脑教养法》。这是书中提到的一个范例.
An education capable of saving humanity… involves… the preparation of young people to understand the times in which they live.
Education and Peace
We hope you will invite your child to tell you more stories about their emotional experiences! Thank you for visiting our blog this week! Please leave us a comment below!
by Quynh M. Cao & Mia Xiao, EC Lotus Lead Teachers