mliss2 asks:

Behavior problems at school

I have a four year old, she just started pre-k and it is all day.  They have been going for about a month and had my first meeting with her teacher and she is doing well with all her skills, but its her behavior that is a problem.  During quiet time she will not lay down on her mat she talks during quiet time.  During story time she will talk, make noises and not sit still.  She will cut in line and not come when told.  Has a hard time listening and following directions. It is making it hard on the other students to learn.  I get notes home everyday letting me know about her behavior.  I have taken things away from her, blanket, pillow pet, music, story time, barney, and she still acts up.  She will even have fits at school if she does not get her way.  I have started a reward chart hoping that will help.  I am at a loss to what needs to be done.  Need help
In Topics: Preschool, Discipline and behavior challenges, Communicating with my child (The tough talks)
> 60 days ago



Sep 16, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

 Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk!

  It would seem that your child is not trying to be naughty, but is having a time adjusting to parameters that are expected.  Sometimes this is maturational.  (For what it is worth I behaved very similarly as a child!)

  You may find some assistance with TIME IN programs that offer positive changes.  Here are some links to help you:

From  (free printables to help with behavior and increase positive changes) offers a lot of information here on this site. This article may be a good start:

Good luck!

Louise Sattler, Psychologist

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