How It Works
Begin each day with a clean slate. Each student has five "good behavior buttons" placed under his name. Post and review classroom rules and expectations at circle time each morning. Picture illustrations are much more appropriate than words for young children. A daily review is important for preschoolers, since young children are just learning appropriate behaviors.
When a child breaks a rule the first time, give a verbal warning, reminding the child of the rule that was broken. At this point, begin looking for something positive to comment on, in an effort to turn around the behavior. If you see the child pick up his toys soon after breaking a rule, be sure to respond with a positive comment. Many times, once a child begins to hear praise, behavior makes a positive turn. After one verbal warning, you will remove a "good behavior button" from under the student's name whenever the child breaks a rule. Always be on the lookout for something positive to comment on, and pay more attention to students who are behaving appropriately than you do to students who are not. When you take away a button, using a calm voice and tell the student that you have removed a button, because he did not follow the rules. Then remind him of the rule that was broken. Nothing further should be said at this time.
At the end of the day, students who have kept three or more good behavior buttons will receive a small reward. This reward could be something from the classroom treasure chest, a sticker, or healthy treat. While a weekly reward works well for older students, young children need to see a reward that day. Delayed rewards are not well understood at this age.
Good behavior comes from a combination of teaching what is expected, reinforcing attempts at appropriate behavior and rewarding positive outcomes. This behavior idea for preschool is just as effective as it is easy to do. Preschoolers will easily adjust to this program, and you'll see fast results.