•  Social/Emotional Growth in Kindergarten  

    The 7 Habits of Happy Kids: "The Leader in Me"
    Habit 1- Be Proactive

    You're in Charge

    I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

    Habit 2 — Begin with the End in Mind

    Have a Plan

    I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.

    Habit 3 — Put First Things First

    Work First, Then Play

    I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

    Habit 4 — Think Win-Win

    Everyone Can Win

    I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.

    Habit 5 — Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

    Listen Before You Talk

    I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.

    Habit 6 — Synergize

    Together Is Better

    I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.

    Habit 7 — Sharpen The Saw

    Balance Feels Best

    I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.


    Classroom Management 

    The classroom management in Room 127 is based upon a whole group and teamwork approach.  My goal is to model and encourage the children to think of others, work together, be cooperative and to be an active member in managing the behavior in their classroom. The rules in our classroom are few in number but powerful in message: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Ready. I have found it to be much more positive and meaningful to PRAISE positive behavior versus single out and draw attention to negative behavior. When positive choices are made, either individually or as a group, the children will earn a “gumball” (which is a colored pom pom). These pom poms will be placed in a gumball machine.  Once the children fill the gumball machine with pompoms, they will earn a class reward. As a group, the children will brainstorm and select their reward. It may be something simple like 20 minutes of choice time, outside play, a theme day, bring a stuffed animal to school, etc. If your child earns a pom pom as an individual, I will send home a special note explaining what behavior your child exhibited to earn a pom pom.  I hope this extra communication will open a conversation and allow you, as a family, to celebrate your child’s leadership in the classroom. 

    The goal is to empower the children, as a group and as individuals, to model appropriate school behavior, encourage one another to make appropriate choices, to accept responsibility for one’s own actions and to encourage and praise one another to BE READY TO WORK, LEARN and PLAY each day.

    If certain students are having difficulty following our classroom rules or need constant redirection, they will be asked to fill out a reflection sheet with me.  I will send the reflection sheet home so that you are aware of the issue and how we problem solved and learned from the mistake. If your child needs a more individualized plan to promote positive behavior, I will contact you and we will work as a team to establish goals for your child so that he/she can be the best they can be each and every day.