Along with physical and cognitive development, children progress through various phases of emotional development. Emotion is certainly more of a gray area than the other two, however, and it can be tough for kids of any age to understand what they're feeling. The key is emotional intelligence -- knowing what emotions are, how they work, how to use them, and how to manage them in social situations.
The apps and games featured this week can help students with everything from anger management to emotional identification to meditation. Breathe, Think, & Do With Sesame teaches younger kids how to keep calm and carry on. Mood Meter - Building Your Emotional Intelligence helps older kids manage their emotions. Successfully identifying emotions is the focus of Touch and Learn - Emotions (for the young ones) and IF... The Emotional IQ Game (for older kids). And to round it out, a meditation tool like Stop, Breathe & Think can help with anxiety and stress. All these picks can jump-start discussions and promote emotional intelligence -- an essential skill in personal, academic, and (eventually) professional success.