CommunicateFor kids to effectively learn about correct behavior, be sure you clearly communicate with them. If you see an aggressive action occurring, stop it right way. Use a firm but loving voice so the child will match your mood. Refrain from yelling and know that violence is never an acceptable answer in this setting. Understand the child’s perspective and validate him for feeling the way he does. Tell him that his action was not the right way to respond and tell him how another child may feel about his aggression. Instruct the child on how to effectively communicate and achieve what he wants. Take your time and do not rush through these conversations so your message can sink in.
Disciplinary ActionsIn order for a child to understand consequences, you must give punishment and rewards when appropriate. A time-out may be the right answer in certain situations. It gives the child time to cool off and space from the other kids. After a few minutes have elapsed, the child will likely be ready to apologize and make restitutions for his actions.
Remember to give praise when it’s due.
If your kids are good, attentive students that day, feel free to give them stickers on a chart that monitors their daily behavior. After a child gets so many stickers, he can receive a prize. If a child’s behavior does not improve and maybe even worsens, you may need to consult the parents. For ideas on how to run a preschool smoothly, visit www.academyonthehills.com.