hello everyone, I've posted last month about me being new with teaching preschool. My class consists of 3-4 year old children. I am frustrated everyday because they refused to listen to me! I know that I am new and that they're testing me but I am running out of ways to get them to listen. Please help! To start off, this center children consist of kids who have been in foster homes, parents have been homeless, or parents that just recovered from drugs. I have 9 kids and 4 of them don't listen at all. One child consistantly say no to everything when asked to do something. When he is asked to move somewhere, to sit, or to take a time out he just won't do it and will kick you if you carry him. Another child will run around, not follow the rules, and also refused to take his time out. The other two will sit on a time out but will not listen to what I say at all. I am trying my best to be patient with them. I tried given them alternatives that they can chose (either or), go to their eye level when I talk to them, use "I need you to" statement, talking to their parents, sending them to the asst director, and I also give them compliments and stickers when they listen. Whats worse is that the rest of the class will follow these 4 with what they are doing. I know they are young and I should not keep them too long during circle time, but I can't even keep them on it for 2 minutes. They are very smart and learn (when they actually participate and not running around) what I am trying to teach them. Nap time are the worst because they will run everywhere, throw blankets at each other, and run on other people's mat. I turn off the lights and turn on soft music to try to set the mood. They all eventually nap because they come in really early in the morning; but it will take me at least an hour to get them on their mats. Any help would be great! I feel lost but I don't want to give up on these kids. I love each and every single one of them and I know they have so much potential. I know this if off the topic but I would like to share. Once I come in, I give them morning snack (which is when they sit the longest) and we all sing ABC song and count with our fingers together. The other day when they were having their after nap snack, I saw them counting their fingers together without me. I was so happy and I feel like I've accomplished something. They are so cute! This is what keeps me going.