One of my good friends, Jeana Kinne from JD Educational, shared this wonderful article on how to create a preschool behavior plan.
She retells a story from one of her many success stories about how she helped a preschool teacher through a difficult situation:
A preschool teacher shared with Jeana: “Yesterday, Charlee was playing with the blocks then all of a sudden threw the red one at Angie who was playing near him. I tried to remember why he threw the block, but I couldn’t think of anything.
“The next day, Charlee did it again. This time he threw the magnatile at Christopher. I spoke with his mom when she picked him up, but that was three hours after the incident and we weren’t sure how to talk to Charlee about throwing.”
Jeana then shared with the preschool teacher her 5-Step Preschool Behavior Plan. The preschool teacher was able to finally figure out why Charlee was acting out and how both teachers and his parents could help Charlee use his words when he was upset instead of throwing blocks.
The 5-Step Preschool Behavior Plan follows these five steps to help Charlee (and you can do the same thing in your own classroom or home):
- Understanding behavior: They document what happened before the behavior happened.
- Discovering what we want the child to do instead: They came up with a plan of what to tell Charlee to do instead of “don’t throw blocks.”
- Creating a plan to teach the child on: They created a step by step plan on how to support Charlee in using his words when he was upset.
- Communicating with parents: They set up a meeting with his family to discuss our plan and give them ideas of what they can do at home as follow-up to preventing throwing objects.
- Follow through: They were able to continue meeting with his parents and the teaching team to discuss his progress!
Soon, Charlee was using his words at school instead of throwing objects when he was upset.
Every child is unique and their needs are unique also. Discovering the cause behind a child’s behavior takes a little bit of detective work and collaboration between parents and teachers.
This 5-Step Preschool Behavior Plan helps get parents and teachers on the same page, turning a stressful situation into a productive one.
Click the image below to learn how to create a behavior plan IN JUST 5 DAYS by watching Jeana’s video series.