One part of self-regulation involves being aware of and in-control of our bodies. In this video, Elmo and his classmates are having trouble concentrating because they have the wiggles! We see his teacher help them calm down and remind them how to listen with their whole bodies.

  • Before watching: Explain to children that Elmo is feeling fidgety and having trouble concentrating. Ask if they ever feel that way.
  • While you watch: As you watch, notice how Elmo’s teacher remains flexible when her students have the wiggles—she sees a problem, tries a solution, and gets back to the task at hand.
  • After watching: Talk through the four steps of whole-body listening: calm body, quiet voice, eyes watching, ears listening. Then practice together! Finally, ask your child, “Can you think of times when it would be important to listen with our whole bodies?”