In response to the keen interest in self-regulation on this blog, we have gathered some of the most helpful links to information and tips for educators in helping their young students (aged one to five, unless otherwise noted) to self-regulate, an essential skill for young children that helps to ensure success in school:

from Preschool Matters website

“Controlling Emotions Is Critical to Preschoolers’ Success in School and Life” – from Preschool Matters website; follow-up to a NIERR report on preschool emotional development; emphasizes that emotional control will not happen as a function of just getting older and must be taught; offers interesting suggestions about how to foster self-control in preschool classroom

From Natural Child Blog

“Self-Regulation: The Second Core Strength” – reprint of an article by Dr. Bruce Duncan Perry of the Early Child Today magazine on the Scholastic website; provides an overview of self-regulation; gives suggestions about help children self-regulate in the primary grades classroom


“Self-Regulated Learning in Spelling:  What, How, and Why” – from the News and Research page of the Zaner Bloser website; research-referenced article about self-regulation spelling and the need for it in the spelling classroom


from Dr. G. E. Joseph at Vanderbilt

“Social-Emotional Teaching Strategies Handout” – handout to download from G. E. Joseph of Vanderbilt University; specific description of model for helping students handle anger and disappointment through self-regulation

“Creative Play Makes for Kids in Control” – from the National Public Radio website; article with audio with a model for teaching young children to self-regulate in the classroom