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Managing Misbehavior




Following are some tips for managing misbehavior:
1. Address the child directly. Go over to the child and positively state what the
child did wrong. Explain why the exhibited behavior is not permissible, and
provide appropriate alternatives. For example, “The blocks are for building.
Throwing the wooden blocks could hurt someone. If you want to throw
something, you may go to the bean bag toss.”
2. Remove the child from the situation. Calmly remind the child of your
previous conversation and state that the result of his choice to act
inappropriately is the loss of privilege. For example, “I explained that
throwing wooden blocks is dangerous. Because you chose to continue
throwing the blocks, you have to leave the Block Center.”
3. Keep the child with you. Briefly reflect on the child’s choice of behavior and
discuss the feelings behind his action. Avoid preaching to the child or talking
too much.
4. Let the child decide when to return. Personally escort the child to the
chosen activity whether or not it is the same activity where the problem
situation occurred. Make the child’s transition comfortable by offering
suggestions and reinforcing appropriate behavior.
5. If the problem persists, remove the child again. Talk to the child again.
Allow the child to return to an activity with teacher assistance when he or she
is ready. The child, however, should not return to the problem area for the
rest of the day.

Book: GIANT Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities for 3-Year-Olds



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3 through 4 Years Old


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