5-4-3-2-1 Early Childhood Tips for Today: Self-Regulation

By Office of Early Childhood
For Parents
October 02, 2017

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Things to Know or Do

  • Label children’s feelings and teach them to identify their emotions
  • Model safe calming strategies for coping with conflicts such as taking deep breaths & include children in problem-solving
  • Provide a safe place for children to go for self-calming and encourage them to use it
  • Promote and incorporate mindfulness activities throughout the day such as yoga
  • Play games to strengthen self-regulation skills and practice delayed gratification

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Links to Visit

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Points to Access Research

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Children Read Alouds

Mouse Was Mad, By Linda Urban.

Who knows the best way to be mad? After trying out others' methods, Mouse just can't get it right. But when he finds the way that works for him — still and quiet — he discovers that his own way might be the best of all.

Sometimes I’m Bombaloo, By Rachel Vail Sometimes.

Katie loses her temper. Sometimes she uses her feet and her fists instead of words. When Katie is this mad, she's just not herself. Sometimes, she's BOMBALOO. Being BOMBALOO is scary. But a little time to breathe and a lot of love calm BOMBALOO down and help Katie feel like Katie again

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Video to View

Center on the Developing Child (Harvard University): Executive Function and Self-Regulation