Self-Regulation is the ability to control ourselves- both actions and emotions.
Why is this important for children ?
Research has proved that children who can self-regulate themselves can stay more focussed with their work, learn better and enjoy life-long benefits of right choices and critical thinking.
Of course, children will be able to “self-regulate” themselves better as they grow older and mature.
But, teachers/parents can provide some fun activities to help children practice the art of “self-regulation”.
Red light, Green light:
Have children run stay on one end of the backyard/room. Position yourself on the other end.
Tell them to run to you when you say green light and stop when you say red light.
Repeat until they come touch you.
Turn on some fun music – a combination of soft, slow and fast beat dance music.
Encourage them to dance according to the music and stop when the music stops.
Walk the line
Draw a line on the floor or put masking tape on the floor to make an oval/ellipse.
Then have the child hold a small bell in one hand and walk on the line without ringing the bell.
Can sit at the rug and have child meditate – adjust time according to child’s age.
Close eyes and take deep breaths with the children.
Here’s a great article that discusses this topic in further detail : http://journal.naeyc.org/btj/200607/Gillespie709BTJ.pdf