Fostering Emotion Regulation
A series of strategies for helping young children recognize, describe, and manage big feelings
Young children are just beginning to learn about and understand a wide range of emotions. Helping children recognize and describe a range of feelings help grow their ability to manage challenging feelings that come up in their day-to-day interactions. This strategy suite includes a series of resources, including some that from the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI).
Critical Skills Highlighted
The ability to name a feeling allows children to discuss and reflect with others about their personal experience of the world.
Practicing Calming Strategies
When children have opportunities to practice regulating their emotions in advance, they are more equipped to deal with challenging emotions that may come up.
Managing Big Feelings
Giving children the tools to manage their big feelings empowers them to regulate emotions with increasing independence.
Preparing Children to Handle Strong Emotions
In this lesson, we introduce the topic of emotion regulation. We focus on the various techniques we can use to help children practice identifying, handling, and working through a range of strong emotions in appropriate ways.
Supporting Children During Strong Emotions
In this lesson, we focus on how teachers can help children work through strong emotions that come up during daily classroom situations. We share four steps you can use, placing a special emphasis on acknowledging and reflecting children’s big feelings.
The Turtle Technique
This lesson describes how you can effectively teach and implement the Turtle technique. Learn how Tucker the Turtle helps children stop, tuck, take deep breaths, and consider a solution to overcome a challenging situation or feeling.
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