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As we head into spring, many parents of preschoolers are thinking about the next phase of their child’s life: kindergarten. One of the best skills a child can have in entering this new chapter is the ability to self-regulate.

In this episode of the Mom Enough podcast, Early Childhood Curriculum Specialist Mike Huber talks about how access to the outdoors, open-ended materials, and a variety of spaces can all aid children in self-regulation. 

Click here to listen to the podcast, or continue reading below for more episode details from the Mom Enough website.

“When we think of preparing a child for kindergarten, we often think of teaching them letters and numbers. But one of the most important skills for making a smooth transition to kindergarten is self-regulation. That means such things as learning to express feelings in a healthy way, manage impulses, and seek out places and experiences that will calm you down or perk you up, as needed. Certain kinds of classroom environments (and certainly many outdoor learning settings) make it easier for children to develop these self-regulatory skills. And both teachers and parents play crucial roles in helping children understand feelings, needs, and effective ways to manage both.

“Early childhood teacher and author, Mike Huber, of St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development (SDC), joins Marti & Erin for a practical discussion of this important aspect of development….”

To listen to parts one and two of this three-part regulation series, click here and here.

Click here for more information on St. David’s Center’s Early Education program.
Mike Huber, MAEd is the Curriculum Specialist for Early Childhood Education at St. David’s Center. He is the author of Inclusion Includes Us: Building Bridges and Removing Barriers in Early Childhood(Redleaf Press 2022) and Embracing Rough and Tumble Play: Teaching with the Body in Mind (Redleaf Press, 2016), as well as six picture books including The Amazing Erik (Redleaf Lane, 2014). He is the co-host of the podcast, Teaching with the Body in Mind, and a frequent guest on That Early Childhood Nerd.
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