Hi there! Let me give you a little background first. Monday I will be starting my 3rd week with this class of 3 and 4 year olds. A week before I started, 2 teachers began and left within a 2 week period of time. So, needless to say, the class has been a bit crazy due to all the inconsistency. I am trying so hard to make it as consistent as possible--and there is another teacher in there who they know... Our main problem is getting them to stop talking enough to listen. This isn't everyday or all the time. There are good days and bad days. Some days when I do calendar with them, they sit quietly and participate. Others, they just want to do what they want. It's the same with lining up to get ready for outside time. I know it's also the nature of the child at this age--but this does need to change. This class is called the Dinos. I was thinking about getting a dinosaur puppet to be our "class mascot". I know the kids would love it! My question is, how do I introduce it to them, in order to get the most out of it? My school is all about positive reinforcement (as am I), so I was thinking to tell the kids that Dino (we'll call him that for now), only likes it when his friends are listening...or quiet... or something along those lines. Also, that he doesn't like to come out in other circumstances (loud, rowdy behavior). Do you think this is a good approach? I'm very new to this age group, so I'm unsure. Any advice would be fantastic! Thanks so much.