Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Education, Montessori

First Advisor

Devon Harper


Montessori Elementary Education


The impacts of COVID-19 affected the self-regulation of children around the world. This resulted in dysregulated behavior. A study was conducted around mindfulness breathing and its effects on self-regulation. The participants in the study were children ages six to nine and the location of the study was in a public charter Montessori elementary classroom. The study consisted of implementing mindfulness breathing twice daily for a period of five weeks. Participants’ behaviors were observed, and their dysregulated behaviors were tallied. The participants also took surveys before and after the intervention took place regarding their self-regulation. Additionally, the participants were interviewed about their feelings toward the intervention of mindfulness breathing and if they felt it had any effects on their self-regulation. Results showed that mindfulness breathing positively impacted the participants’ self-regulation. Results also showed it had calming effects on the participants. Further studies using other social emotional learning strategies and curricula could positively impact the self-regulation of the participants.

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