Friday, 3 November 2017

Self-Regulation in Room 122

We have been learning about the Zones of Regulation in our classroom. We have been using the Zones as a way to recognize our feelings and the feelings of others.

We begun our learning by reading various books about feelings and using loose parts to create different emotions.

Our learners created a list of feelings and then we sorted them into the 4 Zone colours. The Zones are Blue, Green, Yellow and Red. We talked a lot about how all feelings are okay and we will regularly feel different emotions throughout our day. Some emotions feel good while others don't. 

Our co-created Zones Wall

Once we had an understanding of the various Zones we created a list of ways we can get ourselves back into the Green Zone which is the Zone when we are optimally regulated.

Our calming breathing activities

Our yoga centre

The calming corner or self-regulation corner

Our Zones Check In

Calming activities

Our learners wrote a lot of books about their understanding of the Zones.
"We are learning to know our zones"

The Zones are a wonderful tool we use in our classroom to support our learners self-regulate. The Zones can also be useful at home. Maybe you can create a Zones area in your home to support your child regulating at home. You can create a list of 'how to get to the green zone' at home as there are many different options.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Daily Writing

We are sure you have heard your child speak about their 'daily writing'. We have been so impressed with the gains our learners have made this month. Everyone has demonstrated growth in their abilities as writers. Our daily writing program provides access at many levels for all our learners. We have many supports available for our writers to access in order to build their independence. We have books, sight word lists/rings, sentence starters and word walls.

We co-created our success criteria for 'personal best' writing with our writers. This is the list they came up with:

Play creates many opportunities for authentic writing experiences. Our learners can be found writing in all areas of the classroom. We encourage our writers to use their skills to share their thinking and learning through drawings and writing. We provide open ended templates in the different areas of the classroom as a choice for our writers to share their thinking.

Here are some of our writers hard at work:

Our writers hang their writing here each day. This functions as a tracking for both the students and the educators. We then choose their 'personal best' writing to add to our personal best writing wall. From there it goes into their documentation binder. 

Thursday, 21 September 2017


We have been getting to know one another in Room 122 over the past few weeks. It has been wonderful to watch friendships growing and our learners settling into their new environment. We are working on building our knowledge of self and encouraging our learners to see their value and that they're unique. We created an opportunity for our learners to observe themselves and create art that represents them. We placed out various loose parts for them to create their own self-portrait.

The finished products:

We love that each is so unique, just like each learner in our room!