• Our Kindergarten Rules

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    Discipline Plan 2019-20

     

    Young children thrive in an environment in which they feel loved, accepted, and secure.  In the classroom, we practice procedures daily until they become routine (automatic).  During the first weeks of school, rules and expectations are made very clear to the class.  Children are encouraged to make good choices in regard to appropriate behavior and class activities.  To deter misbehavior, positive enjoyable activities are included throughout the day such as music, songs, interactive poems and games, and transition activities. The following are our class rules:

    1. Obey the first time
    • I expect students to obey all authority figures (the principal, any teacher in the school, office workers, parents, guest speakers, guides on field trips, etc.). Students should respond respectfully and follow through without having to be told twice.
    1. Always walk
    • For the safety of everyone, when moving from one place to another throughout the school, I expect students to walk.  No running, sliding, hopping, etc. 
    1. Wait your turn to speak
    • Students are expected to wait until the teacher has finished speaking and then raise hands for comments or questions.  If another child is speaking, the same rule applies.  This also covers interrupting anyone involved in a conversation.
    1. Control talking
    • Soft talking and using conversation voice is permitted throughout the day during small group activities, partner games, lunch and snack, and while exploring and reading books during the school day.
    • Quiet time is expected when walking in line, during large group lessons, and while waiting for dismissal in the gym at the end of the school day. 
    1. Keep hands and feet to self
    • At school we use our hands for helping our friends and others.  Inappropriate touching, hitting, pushing, or other means of hurting others are unacceptable behaviors.

    We will discuss responsibility as meaning that you do what you know is right.  Thus, this can cover any inappropriate behavior in the classroom, lunchroom, restroom, etc.  It also covers completing your work, keeping work neat, staying busy with an appropriate activity, and whisper talking if the teacher is speaking to another adult.

    We will go over the rules daily and target specific rules each week until all have been thoroughly practiced.

    Consequence of Appropriate Behavior:  It is the child’s responsibility to follow the class and school rules to the best of his/her ability.  By doing so, the child earns the praise of the teachers, a positive sense of accomplishment, and the privilege of participating in all classroom and special activities.

    Consequences of Misbehavior:  One (1) reminder or correction is given for minor misbehavior.  Immediate, natural consequences are used as often as possible.

    Examples: 

    • If you misbehave when in a group, you have to leave the group
    • If you misbehave in line, you have to go to the end of the line
    •  If you are not setting a good example with your weekly job, you are fired until the next day
    • If you are playing inappropriately on playground equipment, you have to wait until the next day to play on it again
    • If you are being unkind to others or unable to show appropriate self-control, you will need to go to the Think About It Mat  to think about the inappropriate behavior and how to make a better choice the next time.

    After the class has had ample time to learn our rules and expectations, then a note will be sent home or you will be called if misbehavior is continually displayed in the class (this is usually very rare).  If these consequences do not bring about improvement in behavior, you will be asked to come for a conference.  Sending a child to the principal’s office would only be a last resort used in the case of persistent and/or extreme misbehavior where the child’s and/or others safety is involved or the educational process is disrupted and too much time is taken away from teaching and learning.  All children deserve to learn in a safe and secure environment.

    At school, we practice this procedure when a child needs to make a better choice about their actions:  Stop (hand out), think about it (point to head and look like you are thinking), think again (point again), make a better choice (face looks like you have a good idea).  You may want to practice this same routine at home.

    Mrs. Pollard

    Kindergarten Teacher