Good Deed JugPosted: November 1, 2012 | Author: Jena | Filed under: after school cool down, Community, Developmental Themes, Jena's work, Working Together | Leave a comment »
I’ve been inspired by 2 great ideas, combined them and created a communal, “Good Deed Jug”. It’s great for this time of the year, when children are expected to be accountable for their behaviors more often because of the impending holidays.
1. In Little J’s Kindergarden classroom, every good deed earns a child a cotton ball in a pouch hung on the wall. If you fill your pouch, you can choose a prize from a box. Little J has filled his pouch once and earned himself a giant bubble wand and plate for the bubble solution.
2. On Pinterest, I find an idea to, “Scribble your thanks on scraps of paper and store them in a mason jar or small box.”
The boys’ behavior has hit a snag lately, and it’s driving me to the brink of craziness…the sole to sole chats and time outs aren’t having a huge impact.
I need to see some attitude changes here people…
I’d love to create a situation where their good behavior is rewarded in a healthy way.
*I shy away from sugary or colorful, plastic rewards.
*If I write down their “good deeds,” and represent it with a now familiar cotton ball. The jug will become full.
*We can celebrate by reading back all of their good deeds and reinforcing those positive actions.
The actions we celebrate are, helping a friend, communicating successfully, saying something nice, doing something that’s expected without having to be told or reminded, choosing a non violent, non screaming, non abusive avenue when having strong feelings.
Our jug is 1/8 full.