Children are lively, inquisitive and affectionate little creatures who reward their teachers with their abilities and their creativity. Despite each child’s strong desire to learn, they will sometimes present difficult behaviors. Teachers of these daycare age children must learn to handle issues like mischievousness, anger, fearfulness and distraction, to name a few. The teachers here at Roma Court Academy use classroom techniques that will keep your child engaged and in a learning mode.
Determine Specific Causes
Whenever we see a child that starts to misbehave, we quickly seek to determine the root cause of any difficult or challenging behavior. This is the first step toward resolving them. Once we know why the child is misbehaving, we can often easily find a remedy. For example, a child who acts out only in the mornings might not be eating enough for breakfast. So we ask the student what, if anything, he or she ate before coming to school. After talking with your student, we encourage his or her parents to feed the child a nutritious, full breakfast before coming to school.
Positive Reward System
We’ve learned from experience that incentives often motivate children to behave well, so we establish a points system in our classroom to reward positive actions. For instance, we assign point values to certain accomplishments. We might give five points for listening well in group time and three points for being quiet while waiting in line. When a child reaches a certain level, say 25 points, we let him or her choose a prize from an assortment of small toys. Earning points helps keep our kids on track and helps us reduce the number of difficult behavioral issues.
At Roma Court Academy, we structure our classrooms so that they are conducive to learning in a calm atmosphere. We resist the temptation to put up too many pictures on the walls, as decorations can sometimes be distracting to young children. We implement and enforce a daily schedule — this routine is especially reassuring to children who have trouble staying on task. This being said, we know that an organized, structured class should still have a variety of lessons and activities to keep each student stimulated and engaged during the learning process.
Tactile activities engage children, as they are enjoy physically interacting with their materials. We conduct lessons using art materials, perform simple science experiments with plants and teach math concepts using dominoes. We allow the children to move between learning centers at different times during the day so they can learn from a variety of projects while using up any extra energy. We also set aside some time every day for a story circle. These are exciting tales that frequently capture their attention and imagination. Then, later we build on the story and create other activities from what they learned.