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Update on Second Group Meeting

Our groups discussed the concept of "active listening" and practiced being "whole body listeners." After reviewing the ways to show you are listening, we explored the idea further by observing each other's listening skills and reporting on them. We also played a listening game, Simon Says, to practice our listening skills.

Second graders have only met twice so far.

Update on Third Group Meeting

We started learning about the Zones of Regulation. We will be using some lessons from the Zones of Regulation curriculum designed by Leah Kypers, a licensed occupational therapist. The Zones are a concept used to help students learn how to self-regulate their emotions and actions. By understanding their feelings, and recognizing what actions might/should take place, students will be better able to act and react appropriately.

In our groups, we discussed different feelings that people may have. Then we sorted the feelings into the different zones. We discussed the fact that it's okay to be in different zones at different times. We also discussed which Zone is the best for learning in school (Green). We briefly touched upon what you might do next if you are in each zone, but we will explore this topic further in other sessions.

The following information is from The Zones of Regulation by Leah M. Kuypers

Blue Zone

Low state of alertness. Used to describe when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored. Students may be feeling slow and may need to do something to "recharge"

Green Zone

Used to describe the ideal state of alertness. A person may be described as calm, happy, focused, or content when he or she is in the Green Zone. The student is in control and "good to go" in the Green Zone.

Yellow Zone

Used to describe a heighened state of alertness. A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, or fear when in the Yellow Zone. The student maintains some control of himself or herself in the Yellow Zone. Students should be cautious and think about "slowing down" before they lose control.

Red Zone

Used to describe an extremely heightened state of alertness. A person may be experiencing anger, rage, explosive behavior, panic, extreme grief, terror, or elation when in the Red Zone and is described as being "out of control." When in the red zone, you need to "stop" and use coping skills/tools to regain control.

Ways to Practice with your Child

  • Use the language and talk about The Zones as they apply to you. Make comments aloud so the student understands it is natural that we all experience the different zones and use strategies to control/regulate ourselves. "This is really frustrating me and making me go into the Yellow Zone. I need to use a tool to calm down."
  • Point out your observations of what Zone they are in so they start to gain awareness of their own feelings
  • Talk about what Zone is "expected" in a situation or how a zone may have been "unexpected"
  • Share with the student how his/her behavior is affecting the zone you are in and how you feel.

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Miss Erica Anas

School Counselor

Town Center Elementary School