Everyone gets angry sometimes. That's just part of being human, whether you're a grownup or a child. But we have to learn what to do with the mad that we feel, and that's a long, hard process. It happens little by little. In fact, it's something we work on all through our lives.
In this set of resources, we will focus on how you can help children work on developing self-control, listening carefully and using strategies to calm down when they feel mad.
Watch the videos about Mad Feelings and think about how you could use them as part of the classroom activity or throughout the year as children develop strategies for dealing with mad feelings.
Episode: Katerina Gets Mad
Daniel and his friends are excited to be able to try the new instruments at Music Man Stan's Music Shop. But Katerina Kittycat really wants to play the triangle. She gets very, very mad when someone else picks the instrument she wants to play. Music Man Stan helps Katerina find ways to deal with her mad feelings. (11 ½ minutes)×
Clip #1: Strategy Song: “When you feel so mad that you want to roar, take a deep breath and count to four.”×
Clip #2: Watch preschoolers demonstrate the strategy song.×
Use these resources to further explore the topic of Mad Feelings in your classroom.
Share these resources with the families of your students, so they can continue the conversation at home.
By using stories and videos showing familiar PBS KIDS characters working through their own mad feelings, you can provide strategies that children can build on as they grow and learn and develop the self-control needed to handle frustrating situations appropriately.