Help! I have a child in my class who I have had difficulties with since the beginning of the year but the last couple of weeks have been getting worse. Today we read The Foot Book and we played musical feet. Well, James did not win and he threw a fit. Screaming and crying, saying he was getting his jacket on and leaving, accusing me of cheating, and telling me he hates me. Now, we played the game 5 times and he didn't win any of those times but I told all the children they would each get a Starburst at the end of the game if they played the game fairly. He gets himself so worked up sometimes that he gags from crying so much and has vomited on my floor numerous times.
I talked to Dad and there are no changes at home that he can think of that would prompt James to start behaving this way. There have been no changes in our classroom either that would prompt this behavior. I don't want to, nor do I think I should have to, change the rules of my classroom for James and leave the other children out but what else can I do???? The other children who did not win started cheering for their friends, not throwing a tantrum.
Sorry... this was just a stressful
day and I need advice on what to do for James before I find any more gray hairs on my head!!!