Expressions of Feelings
Individual experiences at home and in the program are influenced by:
The first signs that a young infant feels start to show emotions from day one, whether it is crying because of a need or a smile or a coo to communicate contentment. Then they begin to show laughter and then how to express fear or anger with either cries or clinging on to an adult.
As young as they may be infants are beginning to build the self-regulation skills that will support them through childhood and beyond.
Infants look to caring adults to help them calm their strong feelings. As they grow into mobile infants, babies begin to adopt their own strategies for coping with emotions.
Understanding that they learn that they are separate from others is an important milestone in building a sense of self.
Mobile infants begin to explore other children – they use their senses – typically touch and taste, to do this just as they use them to explore other parts of their environment.
In toddler years, Children expand their sense of self. They know and can repeat their names and those of their friends.
In preschool years – children experience a wide range of emotions – both positive and negative – related to their current situations and experiences.
As they move through this age period they will gradually learn to recognize, name, and appropriately express their own feelings and those of others, experience empathy more frequently and in more situations, and come to understand who they are and how they are similar to and different from their peers.
Rich in fantasy life and act different roles out, they are learning how to separate thoughts from actions so self-regulation is a challenge. Big emotions can happen a lot at this age.
By the time children reach the age of five children have made great strides in being able to control impulses. They have learned the words to express themselves in an appropriate manner.