We made an empathy poster a few months ago with the intention of doing it again when we got the new camera. Well that day was today after seeing her poster posted on Homeschool. Style. Bytes. Lily was really eager and so was Leif!

Here’s Leif pretending to take a picture of me with the tripod while we get set up.

Second Shooter

Here’s a few examples of the pictures we took. You can see all of them on by clicking on any of the pictures to go to my flickr page.




This was obviously a really fun time but it’s also been a remarkable way to help Lily become a little more sophisticated in compassionate communication. It’s a great way to become introduced to what certain feelings look like and what they mean. It makes it easier for her to then observe these feelings in others. Since the first poster I’ve noticed Lily’s grown a great deal in this regard.

The final product:

Lily's Empathy Poster take two


How we used calculus to make an empathy posterJumping into the ocean!Jumping into the ocean!Crazy

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18 Responses to Empathy Poster take two

  1. paxye says:

    omg.. I LOVE this set!!!

    I am also insanely jealous of your house at the moment!!

  2. Wanna come to my house and make one for me?

    Just kidding (kind of)… :)

    It looks lovely!! How did you guys come up with the emotions to capture? Did Lily and you brainstorm ideas together? Did you do it all in one sitting?

  3. greenteacher says:

    Awesome! And when I say awesome I am referring to both Lily faces (and emotional literacy) as well as the beauty of the pics (I especially like the red and shade of blue in the background, together). Great work!

  4. Annie says:

    Coming up with a number of feelings before hand was important. We wrote out a list together. Lily came up with a couple and the ones I thought of I checked with her that she knew what they were and wanted to do it. It’s good to have the list because in the moment we’re having so much fun that I kept forgetting what feelings we next wanted to do.

    When we were actually taking the pictures I’d say, “what does MAD look like to you” or “can you show me how you look when you’re excited”. She just ran with it and I have a few versions for most of the feelings. A couple times I suggested, like repulsed, I thought it might look like the hands out but not totally covering the face and maybe smelling something awful- like the fish rendering plant we sometimes smell here! Yuck!

    We did do it all in one sitting and it took a little while because of random jumping around, crazy faces, Leif stepping into the pictures, Lily making faces at Leif instead of the camera…. it was really fun. I had taped a line in front of the books under the chair and in front of the tripod in anticipation of moving around so it wouldn’t be noticed in the pictures. If only we really did have a second shooter to capture the behind the scenes. It was the first time I used my old tripod and I was scared to leave the camera on it so I didn’t leave while we were shooting.

    Thanks so much for all your comments! You all should consider doing one too. Again, it was fun but what we got out of it in connecting with each other and learning about what feelings look like was really amazing.

  5. Vanessa says:

    what a great learning tool, not just for communication, but for self exploration as well as vocabulary!
    She is such a little ham :)

  6. You know, this is an awesome idea. I keep looking for free printable emotion cards for my kids, but can’t seem to find what I’m looking for. This would be a great thing to do ourselves!

  7. taimarie says:

    This is so great! It looks like you had so much fun- it’s nice that Lily is so game to do this- maybe its the age, but my guy hardly lets me take any pictures of him at all!
    hey, are you going to the skeena swim event next saturday? we are thinking of going- maybe we’ll see you there!

  8. Melody says:

    Just found your blog today and love it! Your children are gorgeous and your daughter’s expressions are priceless… I love this idea. Thanks for the english muffin recipe, too! My husband loves eggs benedict!

  9. Idzie says:

    I just found your blog, and even after only reading a couple of posts, I really like it! I’m a happily unschooled older teen, and I always love finding new unschooling blogs. I also absolutely LOVE your empathy poster, and it looks like it was tons of fun for you guys to do! :-)


  10. Annie says:

    Thanks everyone!

    I doubt Lily will ever tire of having her picture taken! Leif doesn’t feel the same though. Sigh. Maybe he’s enjoy it more as he gets older, maybe not. It’d be fun to do a poster with him too, maybe with less sophisticated emotions. Not sure he’d be into it though.

    Taimarie- I’ll look into the skeena swim. I think we were planning on going out to our property then so we would be in the area! What a great idea! I’ll let you know and maybe we can meet and say hi!

  11. taimarie says:

    The swim ends on Saturday in Prince Rupert, so we could cross paths- or maybe wave to each other as we pass on the highway! If you decide to stick around, I think it will be a cool event. I’m hoping the driving goes okay, my kiddos have been resisting the car lately. But it would be fun to meet you if it worked out!

  12. Irene says:

    Absolutely fantastic result – really lovely photos especially the little “photographer” !

  13. turnitupmom says:

    What a creative way to teach empathy. And the eye rolling…priceless. Am I sensing an actress in the family? LOVE this idea :)

  14. Tilly says:

    I like the new one! Great colors.
    I have several series of photos like this because my daughter, now 4.5, has typically preferred any other facial expression except smiling. So to get a smile I yell out the names of expressions and she makes them. Eventually, after a few ‘mad’ and ‘sad’ and ‘mean’ she’ll hand over a smile or two.

    Question: How do you get the template? How can we make the actual group of photos?

    Thanks for the contribution.

  15. Aldona says:

    I`m a teacher of English and would love to use your idea of the poster with my students + share it with fellow teachers. I`d like to ask if you wouldn`t object to me showing them this lovely poster of yours as an example?

  16. Annie says:

    Thanks! I don’t mind if you show this as an example. It was really fun to make! If you share yours online, let me know. I’d love to see!

  17. Aldona says:

    Thank you so much! I don`t know yet what will become of this idea but I`ll let you know.

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