Preschool management

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  1. ZoeMarie

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    Jan 11, 2018 at 5:49 PM

    I teach an integrated full day preschool class. This year, my group is having a hard time following the rules in the pretend play center (kitchen, dress up, stuffed animals, etc). It is definitely the most popular center but they do not play appropriately. They make a huge mess, become overly silly, and become quite loud. I don't mind and am used to noise but it is far too loud for inside play.

    I've already limited the materials in the center, modeled correct behavior, and closed the center completely for the remainder of the day after poor behavior. I've taken the "choice" away from students. In other words I choose the center for them and they are not able to switch until a certain amount of time. We'll have a few good days but then back to the old behaviors. There doesn't seem to be even one student who plays calmly in that center. I have whole class behavior management set up that works for everything except this issue. I also choose a star student as individual incentive. Are there any suggestions on how to better manage this center?
     
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  3. Hokiegrad1993

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    Jan 11, 2018 at 7:10 PM

    reward system maybe? Or perhaps smaller groups in rotation so it will create less chaos in the center.
     
  4. ZoeMarie

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    Jan 11, 2018 at 7:53 PM

    I have a reward system (individual and whole class). I only allow three in a center at a time. They use name tags to sign in and out. I could limit the center to two.
     
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    Jan 11, 2018 at 7:56 PM

    I like the groups of three. I am trying to think of other ideas. Yes they are preschoolers so you have to understand but I will come back! :)
     
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    Jan 13, 2018 at 9:16 PM

    When our kids start getting rowdy and won't listen after several reminders, we make them clean up and sit on the rug while the others are allowed to continue to play at centers. They all know this, so most of them will settle down after we tell them they're getting loud.
     

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