BOO! (Episode 111b)
It's Halloween, and Jetta can't stop bragging about how brave she is.
When the whole town gets a little spooked after watching a scary "ghost"
movie together, Jetta learns that it's okay to have fears . . . and to
express them out loud!
Big Idea: Be Truthful
Identifying, naming, and expressing emotions are abilities that
can be developed early in a child's life. These activities are designed
- social and emotional skills
- critical thinking and problem solving
With a Group:
Jetta was afraid to admit that she was scared after watching the scary
movie. Little did she know that everyone is afraid of something.
Start a discussion by relating a fear that you have, for example a
fear of heights, insects, or roller coasters. Have the children take
turns describing things that they find scary or frightening. After each
child describes something scary, ask for a show of hands from other
children who find it frightening, too. Children may be surprised to
learn that they're not the only ones who occasionally feel scared. If
it seems appropriate to your group, ask how the children overcame their
fears. Children can feel reassured by hearing how others have conquered
their fear of something.
With a Group:
Young children are capable of detecting basic emotions based on body
language and facial expressions, yet they may not know the names of
all the different emotions. Talk about different emotions and model
the facial expressions that might accompany them or express them. You
- joy or happiness
Then have each child select an emotion and "make a face" that shows
it. Have the other children guess what the emotion is. Ask them to tell
when they might feel that emotion.
These books involve characters who recognize their fears and work to
Long Neck and Thunder Foot by Helen Piers (1982): Long Neck
and Thunder Foot are frightened the first time they meet each other,
and each works hard to appear scary to the other. But after they talk,
they realize their fears and learn how to make beautiful music together.
What's Under My Bed? by James Stevenson (1983): Grandpa tells
Mary Ann and Louis a story about a time in his own childhood when he
was scared at bedtime.