Zones of Regulation

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The Zones of Regulation framework provides strategies to teach students to become more aware of, and independent in controlling their emotions and impulses, manage their sensory needs, and improve their ability to problem solve conflicts.  

Your child may have come home mentioning the ‘Green zone’ which is being calm and ready for learning. This is a focus in all classes for children to develop an awareness of what they need to do and feel to be ready for learning. We have worked through an understanding that if you feel excited, upset, sad, tired, then you can not be ready for learning. At this stage of the school year, the classes have;

  • identified the various emotions in each zone,
  • have begun to come to the understanding that no zone is ‘bad’ or ‘wrong’.
  • all zones and emotions are ok (there are no wrong feelings) but the Green zone is where you want to be most of the time.
  • begun to explore strategies to return to the green zone. For example getting some exercise or completing an energetic activity if you feel your body is running slow in the Blue zone, or joining in some relaxation or breathing exercises if you are excited or silly in the Yellow Zone..

Over the year the children will begin to identify what causes them to end up in any particular zone, and what tools and strategies you can use to return to the Green zone.