Like many other moms, I have a child who has a hard time being on their best behavior everyday… especially at school. School is a place where kids see their friends and all of a sudden a learning environment becomes a social scene and a big play area. Because this is what my kindergartner has decided school is all about, and because I was tired of him telling me that his “behavior color” was getting changed everyday, I decided to begin rewarding good behavior.
I got the idea from a few elementary teachers I had been subbing for early this school year. Everyday the class as a whole was well behaved they would get a letter on their board until they spelled out “POPCICLE”. If they were bad, they would get a letter taken down. When the class got all their letters, they would be able to have a popcicle party.
My good behavior incentive is a little different. I made little magnet letters that spell out ‘CHUCK E CHEESE”. For every non-color change day, he receives a letter. If he gets a color change, I take a letter away. That also goes for the house. Good behavior here, he gets an extra letter or bad behavior gets one taken away.
He really enjoys coming home to put his letters up, and I think this is working pretty well. After six weeks of trying this out, we are finally rewarding his good behavior by going to Chuck E. Cheese!