The year Mike's Kindergarten teacher is encouraging all of her students to make wise choices by: respecting other students, raising their hands to speak, waiting their turns, saying please and thank you, and using self control. These things might seem easy enough, but when you are a very excited five year old, and there is 19 other kids just as excited as you are, it can be a challenge. His teacher uses a marble jar to "reward," her students for making wise choices. She might only hand out 2 marbles a day, or on a really good day the class might earn 6. It has been fun to ask Mike, each afternoon how many marbles the class earned for the day!
On Thursday his class earned their third "reward," because they filled the jar again. The first time was additional playground time, and the second reward was stuffed animal day. His teacher sent home a note saying how pleased she was that the class earned yet another reward for making "wise choices." This reward was pajama day, and Mike is very excited. He explained that everyone will wear pajamas to school, and tell something about them during sharing time.
The marble jar is working at school! I wonder if something similar would work at home? How do you work with your children, as a visual reminder to make wise choices? Are you using something like a reward jar?