Avri went through a little phase a few weeks back where she didn't want to go to school, which seemed strange because she loves everything about school. So I got to the bottom of it and found out that she was terrified of getting her name on the board. She got her name on the board two days in a row and it completely mortified her, so she was afraid to even go to school anymore. Through talking to the teacher we decided that Avri needed a bit more positive reinforcement both at home and at school. So...we came up with Good Behavior Tickets!
Every day that she does not get her name on the board she earns a good behavior ticket. If she gets her name on the board she does not get a ticket and if she gets a check mark then she loses a ticket. (She hasn't lost one yet.) I really liked the idea of having her earn tickets toward rewards. We gave every reward a "price" so that we can start teaching the value of saving up towards something bigger. One ticket can get you a piece of candy, 3 tickets=time on the computer, 5 tickets lets you choose a special activity with Mom and Dad, etc.
Then we realized that we couldn't just do this for Avri. The other kids were going to want to earn tickets as well. AND it gives me the added bonus of a lot of leverage with the kids at nap times, bed time, clean up time, etc.
The kids have absolutely LOVED this whole system and I'm happy because I have an immediate reward system to use. Win, win! The kids have had outings to McDonalds, and Chuck E. Cheese. Talmage picked out a new coloring book with paints and used up almost all of the orange paint on the first picture. haha.Avri bought a new book about puppies, and on another trip bought Nazie. She has a bit of a dog fettish, no?
I am always so happy when Kendall and I are able to come up with a system that works well for more than a week at a time.
6 months ago