The Teacher Talk Series: Self-Regulation & Executive Function
Charlotte Cole has been a Haytown teacher for 22 years. She was an integral part in establishing the curriculum for the Blueberry, Raspberry, and Blackberry and helped establish our popular Camp Haytown program.
The Blackberry Class
Self-Regulation and Executive Function: Teacher & Parent Partnership
Executive function skills are important building blocks in the early development of both cognitive and social skills. They are crucial in establishing a foundation for the ability to tackle problems in reading and math in elementary school and beyond. Learning to handle challenges and figure things out will help children become resilient when facing challenges.
Developing self regulation and executive function skills in our children is a priority in the Blackberry Class. Through a variety of activities and routines each day, children are encouraged to develop self control, cognitive flexibility, and working memory.
Through a varied program of art, music, physical exercise, science, language arts, math and social learning, children are provided opportunities for gentle challenges. A framework is found within the classroom routines, big tasks broken into smaller tasks, and gentle guidance provided. Support is there as self regulation and executive function skills emerge, and gradually faded as the children’s independence grows.
Children are given opportunities to figure things out, to ask questions, to answer questions, and to guide some of the areas for study, as their abilities allow. Managing emotions, completing tasks, paying attention, and communicating wants, needs and ideas are encouraged.
Parents are encouraged to help their child to be as independent as possible. Walking into school, knowing where to hang jackets & backpacks, placing lunch bags & water bottles in the correct places, washing hands, and a goodbye routine builds confidence and abilities that are brought into the classroom.
We encourage the children to be kind and empathetic, and to communicate to the best of their ability with their classmates, teachers, and others within the school setting.