Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Human Development & Family Science


This capstone project focuses on preschool aged children’s development of self regulation. Self-regulation involves children's developing ability to regulate their emotions, thoughts and behavior to enable them to act in positive ways toward a goal. Young children have a harder time with self regulation than older children. Working in a preschool made me learn that some children have a harder time controlling their emotions and behaviors than others. It is important to address this because good early self-regulation is associated with later positive developmental outcomes. “Supporting self regulation development in early childhood is an investment in later success, because stronger self-regulation predicts better performance in school, better relationships with others, and fewer behavioral difficulties. Moreover, the ability to regulate thoughts, feelings, and actions helps children successfully negotiate many of the challenges they face, promoting resilience in the face of adversity” (Rosanbalm, 2017). My project first taught children how to emotionally regulate when feeling sad or mad when it is play time. Second, I taught children how to stay on task during circle time or class activities. Lastly, I taught the preschool children to raise their hand before speaking. My capstone project addressed this by providing three lessons at Laura’s Barn Child Care and Preschool with children aged 4-5 years old.