Self-regulation is central to a child’s capacity to learn. It is “a cornerstone of development and a central building block of early learning” (Charles Pascal, Every Child, Every Opportunity: Curriculum and Pedagogy for the Early Learning Program, p. 4). The ability to self-regulate, or to set limits for oneself, allows a child to develop the emotional well-being and the habits of mind, such as persistence and curiosity, that are essential for early learning and that set the stage for lifelong learning. Self-regulation involves attention skills, working memory, and cognitive flexibility – qualities that provide the underpinning for essential skills needed throughout life, such as planning and problem-solving skills (ibid., p. 4). Selfregulation allows children to have positive social interactions and sets a pattern of behaviour that will benefit them throughout their lives.
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