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Kindergarten Resources

This guide offers recommendations for teacher candidates seeking resources for their Kindergarten classrooms and for their own professional learning in early years learning.

Self-Regulation and Well-Being

Kindergarten program cover “Dr. Stuart Shanker, Canada’s leading expert on self-regulation, defines self-regulation as the ability to manage your own energy states, emotions, behaviours, and attention in ways that are socially acceptable and help achieve positive goals such as maintaining good relationships, learning, and maintaining well-being. Shanker draws on research to show how self-regulation lays the foundation for a child’s long-term physical, psychological, behavioural, and educational well-being.” (Ontario Ministry of Education, “Understanding the Whole Child and Youth – a Key to Learning: An Interview with Dr. Lise Bisnaire, Dr. Jean Clinton and Dr. Bruce Ferguson,” In Conversation, 4, 4 [2014]: p. 8)

The Kindergarten Program, 2016.

This frame looks at self-regulation which is the ability to manage feelings. He states that self-regulation is important for healthy emotional development. When children are able to self-regulate and be calm, the best learning can occur. It is also the ability to maintain social relationships. I would recommend reading Dr. Shanker’s books about self-regulation. Teachers should set up the learning environment in a way that students can express their feelings and ideas.  Educators can teach children to self-regulate in healthy ways by allowing them to work at their own pace. Also, having a quite area is the classroom is important. Their can be pictures of emotions people experience to help children understand how they are feeling and also how others are feeling. Students should understand what makes them upset, happy, and excited which can enhance self-awareness.