1. Prepare thoroughly.
Lessons should be
action-packed with creative, exciting presentations
problems and act to prevent them.
3. Have the room
prepared when that first pupil arrives.
The children must
have something constructive to do immediately. Those first few minutes set the
tone for the class time which follows.
4. Give choices
within acceptable limits.
5. Determine how
your actions and responses can be carried out in
children, they should be corrected in a way that shows them they are loved. When
boys and girls sense our loving concern, they’re much more willing to emulate
our values and our relationship with God. The key to discipling children is to
model Christ-like behavior for them while assuring them in every way possible
that we truly love them.
6. Evaluate the
reasons for misbehavior.
It could be a need
for attention, boredom, upset emotions, insecurity, illness, hunger, or inner
tension expressed by wiggles.
7. Make your
children feel valued.
Use such phrases
as: “I’m glad you’re a part of our class”; “You are important to me”; “How
special you are”; or “Do you know that God created you one of a
Ask God to give you
wisdom to respond, not react, to situations and that your inner attiude will
always be appropriate when exercising authority.
9. Pray for each
child by name and need.
God created the
boys and girls in your class. He knows them better than anyone else. When your
heart yells, “I don’t know what to do” — go to God and seek His wisdom. If we go
to Him seeking answers, we will find them!
expectations clear by setting up a few classroom
b. Keep hands,
feet, and objects to yourself
c. Be respectful –
that includes respecting the teacher, visitors, other students, and
11. When giving the
rules, explain reasons behind.
Children have a
right to know that when we all obey the rules we are safer and have more fun.
The goal of discipline is to teach children and to lead them increasingly toward
consequences of not following the rules.
and negative consequences will be different at each age and stage of
development. What works in the preschool class will need to be different in the
13. Once policies
have been stated, allow no infringements.
14. Talk less, act
Instead of asking
children to be quiet over and over, wait for them to give you their attention.
Or flip a light switch if it gets too noisy.
15. Follow a set
plan for desirable behavior.
a. Deal with the
b. Have the child
tell what he did and share “What rule was broken?”
c. Ask what rule
d. Be sure child
understands why the behavior is not acceptable.
e. Let the child
experience the consequences of his behavior.
f. Give love and