kindergarten

19 03, 2019

Part 3: Considering The Different Kinds of “Why?”

By | 2019-03-14T16:32:12+00:00 March 19th, 2019|

The Self-Reg educator or parent seeks to understand, rather than manage a child’s behaviour. In effect, what is being reframed here is what it means to see the Kindergarten teacher as a professional and not a glorified baby-sitter: someone who has been trained to ask the right kind of “Why” and has [...]

5 03, 2019

Part 2: Reframing “Challenging Behaviour” in Kindergarten

By | 2019-02-25T11:46:29+00:00 March 5th, 2019|

Kindergarten marks a major transition in children’s lives: from being coddled infants to being treated as responsible individuals. They are students now, and as such they have to meet certain expectations, as noted in an article published on education.com: “He can follow the lead of a teacher and will honor [...]

28 02, 2019

“It’s not tight enough!” One Child’s Experience of Tactile Defensiveness

By | 2019-02-26T17:06:49+00:00 February 28th, 2019|

By: Alison Cass Ronald,* age five, is an empathetic and hard working child. His parents have taught him love, kindness and compassion. Each day he works harder than most children in my kindergarten class. Ronald comes to school with a smile on his face—and one of heaviest backpacks in our [...]

19 02, 2019

“Reframing” Challenging Behaviour, Part 1: Blue Brain, Red Brain, and Brown Brain

By | 2019-02-19T08:48:20+00:00 February 19th, 2019|

The Different Kinds of “Why?”   Parents of new babies are forever asking why. “Why is she crying? Is she hungry, wet, scared, lonely, bored?” Since we can’t just ask her, we put on our detective’s hat. We think back to previous occasions, experiment with trial-and-error, ask somebody knowledgeable. Things [...]

12 02, 2019

My Dysregulated Day … And How I Almost Missed It

By | 2019-02-04T13:10:31+00:00 February 12th, 2019|

The more that you learn about Self-Reg, the more that it seems to govern your views of everything in your life. Sometimes I'm sure that Stuart Shanker's questions of, "Why?" and "Why now?" never leave my head. And yet, no matter how much we've learned about Self-Reg, sometimes we miss [...]

17 01, 2019

Transitioning to Kindergarten Without The Stress: A Self-Reg focused approach to welcoming children to school

By | 2019-01-15T13:33:00+00:00 January 17th, 2019|

By: Tiffany Goulet The first day of school... For some it’s exciting, for others terrifying. For some it’s long awaited, for others it arrived too soon. For some they feel ready, for others not at all. No matter how differently we all feel about this transition, we can surely agree [...]

15 01, 2019

The Clean Up Conundrum — We Know That Self-Reg Is The Answer, But What Can We Do?

By | 2019-01-13T12:32:09+00:00 January 15th, 2019|

Usually when I contribute a post to The MEHRIT Centre blog, I do so as a way to share reflections, celebrate a success, and discuss some possible next steps. My posts are always about what I know to be true. This doesn't mean that I don't make mistakes along the way, and [...]

24 07, 2018

How Many Children in the Dramatic Play Centre?

By | 2018-07-20T11:25:52+00:00 July 24th, 2018|

By: Lisa Cranston, Ed.D. When I first began teaching kindergarten many years ago, my teaching partner and I spent the summer setting up the classroom with a wide variety of learning centres – block play, dramatic play, water table, book centre, playdough table, and so on. Once the classroom was [...]

12 07, 2018

Does It Take Just a Minute To Make a Difference?

By | 2018-07-18T12:30:34+00:00 July 12th, 2018|

Sometimes I realize how quickly things can change. Everything is going well, until it's not. Before I took the Foundations 1 Course, I remember having many conversations with educators and administrators about students in my classroom. I often made comments, such as, "I never saw that response coming." "He/she changed [...]

14 03, 2018

When Not Complying Is The Self-Regulated Choice

By | 2018-03-14T10:24:17+00:00 March 14th, 2018|

Today was a Day 4, which means that I have a prep period at the end of the day: it's music. Since we don't have a separate music room at our school, our music teacher comes to our classroom with a large cart of instruments and a traveling stereo to [...]

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