Learning and Sharing

Is Your Body in the Group?

on May 1, 2015

Hello May sign with sky background


Welcome May!  Glad you are here.


What I read in an article by the creators of The Incredible Flexible You™, Ryan Hendricks, Kari Palmer, Nancy Trashes & Michelle Garcia Winner, made my jaw drop.  They wrote:

“When working at the preschool level we need to avoid the assumption that children naturally learn self-regulation skills and can function as part of a group once they enter a classroom environment.  In fact, alarming data about preschool activity is quite eye-opening:

  • Three- and four- year-olds are more likely than teenagers to get expelled from school.
  • A 2005 Yale study found that in state pre-school programs across the nation, over 10% of teachers expelled a student in the previous two months.
  • Boys were over four times more likely to be expelled than girls
  • Nearly 5,000 preschoolers were suspended once, and more than 2,500 were suspended more than once.

(Source: U.S, Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (2012))

Social learning is a national issue; it is not only a special education issue.”

Mrs. Rairdan and I are doing everything we can to teach our kindergarten students the requisite skills, social knowledge and self-regulatory control to be part of a classroom and learn as part of a group.



What does it mean to keep your body in the group?  It means that someones body is turned into the group and they look like they are working as a part of the group.  When your body is in the group it sends a non-verbal message that you are interested in others.  When we share space with others, we show that we are interested in the group.  People notice when somebody’s body is not part of the group.


We love everything about this song.  The rhythm, the beat, and the lyrics are a hook for our students.


Wombat Walkabout by Carol Diggory Shields, is a fun story that illustrates what can happen when your body and brain are not part of the group.



Sometimes it is hard to keep your body in the group, especially if you are feeling stressed or anxious.  To help our students get control of their thoughts and behavior, Mrs. Rairdan is teaching calming sequences to add to the self-regulation toolbox.  Here is the example from The Zones of Regulation book.




Calm breathing, smiling, posture, and relaxation are all part of calming sequences.

Happy May Day, everyone!








One response to “Is Your Body in the Group?

  1. Kelly says:

    I just bought these books and I wanted to use them for my kinder guidance lessons next year. Do you have any lessons that you would be willing to share?

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