This month the students are recognizing the trait of self-regulation. The Grades Ones, Twos, and Threes met in the gym for Team Meeting to learn more about what self-regulation means. They explored the science of their senses. We discussed smell, touch, taste, hearing, sight, balance, and spatial. We talked about how all the messages from these senses flow into our brains like rivers. As kids, their brains are still learning how to make sense of (or regulate) all these senses and the messages/rivers coming in. The students discussed that certain messages from our senses can distract us and certain messages can actually help our focus. The analogy we use for our focus is our “Engine”. Our Engine can be in low, just right, or high gear. Together we discussed strategies and tools that can rev our engine up or bring our engine down. Through self-regulation we want to achieve “Just Right Engines”. We rev our engine up with activity or having our muscles work against resistance. We can bring our engine down with calm music and breathing techniques. We also discussed how certain smells can distract us and some smells, like lavender, can calm us. How different lighting can affect our mood or our engine. The students enjoyed sharing what gear their engine was in and testing out some strategies in the gym!
Grade 2 Teacher
Children’s Garden School