Pre-K Behavior Policy

We recognize that individual differences and situations can exist and that not every technique works with every child. We follow a seven step method. These procedures are developed in order to allow children the freedom to correct the difficulty they are having on their own.

  1. Reminder: Either before the activity begins or during the process the children will be reminded what is acceptable and is not acceptable. This can be coming up with solutions to problems and role playing what things they may do or say if a problem presents itself.
  2. Reinforce: We will comment on the child’s success. It lets the child know that his/her appropriate behavior is valued and appreciated.
  3. Redirect: We will anticipate a behavior problem or see a problem beginning and make suggestions as to what alternate activities are available. It might just be a simple process of pointing out what might become a problem.
  4. Restatement: We will take the child aside and in a quiet voice, at the child’s eye level, restate the appropriate limits and discuss the logical consequences if the behavior continues.
  5. Removal: This involves the removal of a child from the activity for a brief amount of time, in the past, a similar technique was known as “time out”. Removal differs from time out in the following ways…
  6. Removal is not a “punishment.” It is a time for the child to calm down and regain control.
  7. Since this process should not be humiliating, we will not have a predetermined chair or place.
  8. The child determines the length of the removal period. The child may return to the activity, when he/she feels able to remain in control and act appropriately.
  9. The procedure is intended to be part of the learning process which has the goal of enabling the child to eventually develop “self-discipline”.
  10. Rejoin: This will take place when the child feels ready and able to rejoin the group. A dialogue will occur between the teacher and the child to address why they were removed from the group and the alternative behavior choices.
  11. Roundtable: When all else failed and the behavior problem becomes extensive or repetitive, it becomes necessary to involve the parents and teachers for a roundtable conference. This will give everyone the opportunity to pool their resources and determine strategies and consequences.