Have you been asked what Zone you are in ?
We have introduced the Zones of Regulation. The Zones of Regulation is an intervention which helps children to manage difficult emotions, known as ‘self-regulation’.
From time to time, all of us (including adults) find it hard to manage strong feelings such as worry, anger, restlessness, fear or tiredness, and this stops us from getting on with our day effectively. Children who feel these emotions often find it hard to learn and concentrate in school. The Zones of Regulation aims to teach children strategies to help them cope with these feelings so they can get back to feeling calm and ready to learn. These coping strategies are called ‘self-regulation’.
We have begun a daily check in, using the zones of regulation, where children can let the teacher know how they are feeling. When the children come into school they put their leaf on the zone they are feeling. This then enables the teacher to offer support and help.
Your child may start telling you about the zones so below is what each zone is and the feelings linked to this zone. Maybe ask your child which zone they put their leaf in today !
What are the different Zones?
low level of arousal; not ready to learn; feels sad, sick, tired, bored, moving slowly.
calm state of alertness; optimal level to learn; feels happy, calm, feeling okay, focused.
heightened state of alertness; elevated emotions; has some control; feels frustrated, worried, silly/wiggly, excited, loss of some control.
heightened state of alertness and intense emotions; not an optimal level for learning; out of control; feels mad/angry, terrified, yelling/hitting, elated, out of control.
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