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Enhancing Children’s Emotional Literacy – Tips for Early Childhood Professionals

EnhancingChildrensEmotionalWe know that supporting children’s social and emotional development is key to school readiness and overall healthy growth and development. One critical component of a child’s social and emotional development is their ability to experience, regulate, and express emotions in socially and culturally appropriate ways. We call this emotional literacy. According to research, children who have a strong foundation in emotional literacy:

  • tolerate frustration better
  • get into fewer fights
  • engage in less destructive behavior
  • are healthier
  • are less lonely
  • are less impulsive
  • are more focused
  • have greater academic achievement

 On the other hand, children who don’t learn to use emotional language have a hard time labeling and understanding their own feelings or accurately identifying how others feel.

There are many strategies you can use as an early childhood professional to help support children’s emotional literacy.

One technique that works with infants, toddlers and preschoolers is indirect teaching, which would be when a teacher provides emotional labels – “you’re happy” or “you’re frustrated” – as children experience various affective states. Also you are a model for helping children identify and appropriately express their emotions. Therefore, model your own feelings when you are talking with children: “I’m excited that the fire fighters are coming tomorrow in their truck to visit our center!” “I’m sad that Melissa is leaving our group and moving to Maine.”

Another example of indirect teaching is building on teachable moments. When children are in the dramatic play area and acting out a scenario, comment on the character’s feeling. For example, the children are “playing house” and the child being the baby is crying. You may then respond, “Why is the baby crying? I think she is sad. What do you think?”

Want to learn more about how to enhance children’s emotional literacy? Visit or

Author: Dr. Tonia Durden

The Learning Child Team

Nebraska Extension

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Weed and Insect Resistance Workshop Scheduled for February 4, 2015

Nebraska Extension is sponsoring a Weed and Insect Resistance Workshop on Wednesday, February 4th at 9:00 a.m. at the Kimmel Education and Research Center at 5985 G Road in Nebraska City. The workshop will be presented by members of the University of Nebraska Weed Science and Entomology Teams including Extension Specialists: Stevan Knezevic, Amit Jhala, Greg Kruger and Julie Peterson.
The main objective of this workshop is to educate agricultural clientele and farmers about the importance of herbicide and insecticide resistance management, mode of action, and how to use the Site of Action Numbering System to reduce potential for weed resistance in Nebraska. The workshop starts off with several topics for discussions and then active involvement of attendees. Topics of discussion will include: Insect Resistance, Herbicide Tolerant Crops, Herbicide Mode of Action and Site of Action Groupings, How Weed Resistance Develops, Weed Resistance in Midwest and Nebraska. Attendees will have a chance to conduct a hands-on exercise on weed control problems. Cost of the workshop and resources from the workshop is $30. This workshop is sponsored by an educational grant from the United Soybean Board. The workshop is limited to 30 participants. To register, go online to: and click REGISTER for the Nebraska City location. If you are unable to attend the Nebraska City workshop, the next closest one is at Fremont on February 3rd. If you have questions, feel free to contact me at 402-274-4755. If you have specific questions about the workshop, you can contact Stevan Knezevic at 402-584-3808 or

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students2shortExperience the Power of Red — Spring Edition

Thursday, April 2, 8:30am-12:00p.m.

An event where you’ll learn how the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) prepares students for careers in everything from animals to plants, soil to climate, golf to business, mechanization to leadership, and food to forensic science.

You’ll meet faculty, staff and current students to get the scoop on what life at UNL is really like. Explore campus in person and get a true sense of the UNL CASNR experience.

  • 8:30 a.m. Registration/Browsing Session
  • 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Overview
  • 9:45 a.m. Move to First Session
  • 10:00 a.m. First Session
  • 10:30 a.m. Move to Second Session
  • 10:45 a.m. Second Session
  • 11:15 a.m. Lunch/Wrap-Up/Scholarship Drawing
  • 12:00 p.m. East Campus Tour (optional)
  • 1:00 p.m. City Campus Experience/Tour (optional)

Please register by March 26 at


For more information contact us at (800) 742-8800, ext. 2541 or

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What is a Twitter Party?



Promote Your Business Through Twitter Parties – February 2nd – 11:15 CT

You may be asking yourself, Twitter what?? A Twitter party is a way to create an experience online, a chancTwitterIcone to engage your audience.  They can build your online presence and number of followers. It’s a way for people to connect and discuss timely topics. They can about your product or service and how others are using it, trends in your industry, or just letting others see who you are. One key element to a successful party is tying it to personal experience. A second element is finding a way to incorporate it into offline activity also.

Join Alyssa Dye as she discusses setting one up, ways to make it successful, and their use in business.

To learn more about Alyssa, go to

Register for the event at:

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Check out the Power of Business YouTube channel

or the “Friday 15 tab at Power of Business.

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Enhancing Children’s Emotional Literacy- Tips for families

EnhancingChildrensDid you know that a child’s social and emotional development is key to school readiness and overall healthy growth and development? As a parent of an infant, toddler or preschooler, you are your child’s first teacher on how to regulate and control their emotions. Young children look to you for guidance on how to respond when they are angry, happy, surprised, frustrated, fearful and so forth. In early childhood education, we refer to this as helping young children to develop emotional literacy.

 Emotional literacy is the ability to identify, understand, and express emotions in a healthy way. It is also is the capacity to recognize, label, and understand feelings in oneself and in others.

Emotional literacy in very young children develops as a result of having respectful, caring, supportive relationships with adults. When children have a strong foundation in emotional literacy they tolerate frustration better, engage in less destructive behavior and generally have greater academic achievement.

On the other hand, children who don’t learn to use emotional language have a hard time labeling and understanding their own feelings or accurately identifying how others feel.

How can you help your child develop his or her emotional literacy? One technique is to verbally acknowledge and label emotions expressed by your child. A gentle positive tone of voice communicates to children an understanding and acceptance of whatever emotions they are exhibiting. Check out how the mother assist her child in regulating his emotions:

“Oh Ethan, sweetie, you bumped your head and it hurt. Let me hold you for a few minutes. Aw, it hurt, didn’t it, and made you mad. We will go away from that counter and find something else to play with. Are you feeling better?”

To learn more ways you can help support your child’s emotional literacy, visit and

Author: Dr. Tonia Durden

The Learning Child Team

Nebraska Extension


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