HMB has implemented the Zones of Regulation curriculum at the elementary this year. This curriculum teaches self-regulation and emotional control using four different colors: Blue, green, yellow, and red. All elementary staff members were trained on the curriculum at the start of the school year, and the Zones have since been implemented with all elementary students. The curriculum not only teaches students about emotional regulation, it also teaches strategies to be used in different emotional states, like taking deep breaths when one is angry or getting a drink of water when one is feeling tired and sluggish.
The Four Zones: Our Feelings & States Determine Our Zones By Leah Kuypers, creator of Zones of Regulation curriculum
The Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions. A person may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, explosive behavior, devastation, or terror when in the Red Zone.
The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions; however, one has some control when they are in the Yellow Zone. A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles, or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone.
The Green Zone is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone. This is the zone where optimal learning occurs.
The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings, such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored.