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nlmarcello
nlmarcello asks:
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Does anyone have a behavior management system that works well for PreK (3-4-5-year-olds)?

I'm looking for a chart to display and would like it to focus more on rewarding good behavior rather than negative behavior. I have a few ideas, but can't really decide on one and would love to hear about yours!

I would also like the kids to be able to earn rewards like eating lunch outside, pajama day, etc...Any more ideas for rewards?
In Topics: School and Academics, Preschool, Discipline and behavior challenges
> 60 days ago

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Boys Town National Hotline
Sep 16, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

Thank you for contacting Education.com

What you describe by wanting your preschool students to earn rewards for good behaviors sounds as though it may fit in well with Boys Town's "Common Sense Parenting" method. The Common Sense Parenting approach also works well in the classroom. We suggest you take a look at our websites for more information: www.parenting.org and www.boystownpress.org  Our book, "Common Sense Parenting of Toddlers and Preschoolers" teaches parents and caregivers how discipline can be more about teaching than punishment, and how how to use praise, consistency and consequences to help children learn what you expect from them. Common Sense Parenting materials such as DVD's and audio books are also available.

Please let us know if you need more information. We are here 24 hours every day to help parents and children of all ages.  Best wishes to you and your students!

Sincerely,

Cynthia, Counselor
Boys Town National Hotline
1-800-448-3000
hotline@boystown.org
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sonofmine2
sonofmine2 writes:
That age especially 3 and 4 don't remember past the moment...I wouldn't suggest pajama day or eating outside as a reward. ring pops dress up day(favorite character) Include them and your ideas. Everyone should get rewards, no child left out.. There is always something positive for each child so they can get a reward. Discipline should only be the time out for that day.. Not taken off against them later for the reward...They already have been punished by the time out. No double duty. Positive reinforcement.
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JeanneBrockmyer
JeanneBrock... writes:
At this education.com site you can type behavior chart in the search box and you will get both charts and many ideas about how to implement a behavior management program.  
As for rewards, it's important to tailor the rewards to your child's likes.  For some children, a half hour playing a video game would be very rewarding, but for others not so much.  The rewards should also be reasonable for you to implement in a timely manner.
It's great that you are so attuned to a positive approach to behavior management!

Jeanne H. Brockmyer, Ph. D.
education.com expert clinical child psychologist

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