Today I Feel: Creative Mood Journaling for Kids

In this 4-week course students will enhance self-awareness and develop emotional intelligence through creative mood journaling.

Emotions are meant to be expressed not repressed. Creative mood journaling provides a perfect outlet for creation expression and emotional processing. Students will be given opportunity to practice a variety of creative mood journaling techniques including drawing, painting, poetry, collage, fiction, theatre, music, and movement.

Weekly Syllabus

  • Class introduction
  • Teacher will read book “Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods that Make My Day” by Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Discuss difference between mood, feeling, and emotion
  • Build feelings vocabulary list
  • Introduce creative mood journaling
  • Write Today I Feel poem
  • Group sharing
  • Read book Visiting Feelings and discuss how feelings are like temporary
  • Make a Today I Feel collage
  • Group sharing
  • Read book Moody Cow Meditates
  • Discuss how mood affects behavior, perception, and cognition
  • Learn a “reset” button to boost mood
  • Create a Today I Feel character using Personification as a creative mood
  • Group sharing
  • Explore how music affects and supports mood
  • Create a Today I Feel mood playlist
  • Exploring connection between movement and mood
  • Play “Name that Mood” game
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