Re: Behavior Charts
I work with 3-6 year olds that have behavioral and emotional problems and I use the charts everyday. It helps to reinforce the rules and what they should be doing in their head start classroom.
Each child's chart is different but EVERYTHING on the chart is in a positive form to reinforce positive behaviors. I would never put something like "i did not hit" that only reinforces the word and action hit; instead I say "i used helping hands" or "I used safe/ gentle hands around my friends" kwim?
I think putting things like I cleaned up my toys, I helped mommy make my bed, i brushed my teeth, are good places to start. However, you have to start with tasks that the child can and will do and as time passes and he becomes familiar with the chart and enjoys it you can add more. In the beginning the goal should be to get the child using and enjoying the chart, get them into the habit first.
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