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What's in Your Toolbox?

This month we are focusing on the Zones of Regulation in grades 1 through 5. Check out one of my previous blog posts here to learn more details about the Zones! Basically, there are four groups, or zones, we use to describe how our bodies feel. We use colors to describe the zones: blue, green, yellow, red. Ask your child to teach the zones to you, they should know!

Now we are working on creating "toolboxes" to help us when we are experiencing the zones. Sometimes we have feelings in the blue, yellow, or red zones that make us want to hurt other people, things, or ourselves and this is not OK! We all need a set of safe and helpful tools to choose from to get us back into the green zone, or at least a place we can think clearly and make better decisions. (Punching your brother might feel good at first but the consequences later will not!)

Here is a toolbox that we created as a class in Mrs. Pasch's classroom (excuse the handwriting!). We are doing this in grades 1, 2, and 3 to be displayed in a calming area of each classroom. Grades 4 and 5 are making their own individual toolboxes. Next week grades 1, 2, and 3 will do this as well. Students are encouraged to KEEP these and put them somewhere helpful. I give a personal example that when I was a kid I was often in the green zone at school, but when I went home I was mostly in the yellow and red! I would have needed my toolbox at home. So I encourage students to put their toolboxes in a place they'll need it most. Everyone needs a toolbox!