The easiest way to handle behavior problems in preschool-aged children is to avoid them in the first place. Of course this is not always possible, but you can make it more likely by keeping students constantly engaged in activities. Children should be spending almost all of their time in preschool using their bodies and hands rather than sitting and listening.
During our first week, we will discuss the classroom rules. I will have regular discussions with the children about the rules for the classroom and why they are important. Rules will be simple and have a picture reminder.
Preschool children do not have long attention spans. Consequences for behavior should be quick.
I will use positive reinforcement as the main form of behavior management in my classroom. We also use the ClassDojo app for each student to have the chance to earn “points” for good behavior. You can get this app on your phone or I pad and get notifications when your child or the whole class had earned a point. When a certain level of points has been reached, we will have a class reward.
Each child is different in what works for them. It is my duty to figure out the personality of each and address their needs in a way that is best suited for that student, whether it is providing them with a “fidget toy”, a “special seat”, or simply taking them for a walk or giving them time to “run off some energy”.