Children learn appropriate classroom behavior through a variety of ways such as observing other children and the teachers.
Firstly, our teachers aim to be the best possible role models by creating a secure, positive environment and setting clear classroom expectations for children to follow.
Research driven positive reinforcement is also used to verbally praise both children's effort in classroom activities and their kind behavior amongst peers. For example, children may be praised for helping others, interacting nicely with friends, following the routine, working on challenging tasks, expressing creativity and displaying independence.
By also including praise for children's effort in their daily projects and play, we support the development of a growth mindset. We foster their motivation to participate in classroom activities, learn new things and be open to challenges.
We understand that behavior management is a crucial aspect of early childhood education. Although we strive to increase prosocial behaviors in children, there are circumstances that children may require extra support to redirect behavior that is harmful to themselves or others. This is addressed through socioemotional learning to develop awareness of their emotions and find the reason for the behavior. After we address the reason with care and sensitivity.
The classroom is equipped with an age appropriate relaxation corner, used for children to decompress when experiencing any unpleasant emotions.
A child exhibiting harmful behavior will be separated from the group with the support of a teacher to calmly process the situation, their emotions and brainstorm appropriate behaviors that can be used instead.
Through our positive behavior management system, we aim to increase favorable behaviors in children, while decreasing inappropriate behaviors with teacher support instead of punishment.
Positive reinforcement has been proven to help children feel supported and valued. It's improving their overall engagement, confidence, self-esteem and happiness in the classroom and beyond.