Today was the first day I had my kids in the classroom. They are 3, it's most of their first experience with a school setting. They are completely unable/unwilling to listen to the rules, pay attention when I'm trying to explain that we can't go outside and play until we hear the rules. I know they have short attention spans but we have to lay out the routines and rules from minute 1 or it will be complete chaos all year. One of my assistants even said to me today "Good luck with that, they are 3", then when I tried to talk to them (my assistants) after school that we would be practicing routines and procedures til we are blue in the face she told me "You need to be more firm with them." My issues with this assistant are seperate from this post so I won't get into that much. My main question is ... how can you lay out the routines and procedures and get them to do them? Everything I tried - from stickers for those who were doing what I asked to ignoring the negative behavior didn't seem to phase them.