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  • 1.  Help kids new manners

    Posted 02-19-2023 02:04 PM

    Some suggestions to help a child who can't be in one place and talking continuously and distracting others in activities and circle time

    Karla Flores
    Burlingame CA

  • 2.  RE: Help kids new manners

    Posted 02-19-2023 11:59 PM

    Maybe give them some kind of fidget item that will help to keep them focused on the talk at name.  

    JoAnn Henry
    Retired Head Start/ Early Head Start treacher/ Manager

  • 3.  RE: Help kids new manners

    Posted 02-21-2023 02:05 AM

    Fidget materials do help some children and adults self-regulate. Sensory stimulation from these materials however is not about manners at all. There are many articles, books, webinars about (a) what a child's behaviors can be springing from, and (b) how to see if there are sensory issues involved in a child's behavior. Fidgets are not magic cures for behavior issues. They help people regulate their sensory systems that can be over-reactive or under-reactive.

    Mars April Caulton

    Chicago IL

  • 4.  RE: Help kids new manners

    Posted 02-20-2023 05:33 AM

    I would try some fidget toys at circle time to see if that helps. 

    Tonya Burchard
    Woods Hollow Children's Center
    Oxford WI

  • 5.  RE: Help kids new manners

    Posted 02-20-2023 09:01 AM

    Hi Karla,

    I would love to provide some suggestions, I just need a few details first: How old is the child? How long have they been in this classroom? What is their favorite thing to do in the classroom and/or at home?


    Lauren Stauble
    Boston, MA

  • 6.  RE: Help kids new manners

    Posted 02-20-2023 10:12 AM

    Good Morning Karla, I understand how this type of behavior can create a disruption to the learning environment as a whole. There are many things to consider when addressing these types of behaviors to better support this learner and those around him/her to promote the best possible learning experience: the age of the child, the child's background/past learning experiences/home environment; potential delays (as this behavior may be a symptom of something much larger), as well as the amount of time spent in sedentary activities. I would love to help in any way I can by providing some positive strategies and guidance to help everyone. Please feel free to respond or reach out via email and I would be more than happy to provide specifics. My email is: Hope to hear from you soon!

    Mrs. Cori
    Child Development Coach
    Berkeley County-DD4 HeadStart
    Moncks Corner, SC

  • 7.  RE: Help kids new manners

    Posted 02-20-2023 02:34 PM

    Oh Karla this is a huge question!  I would need more details in order to help, like:

    How old is the child?

    What are they doing specifically that is distracting others? 

    How long is circle time?

    Are there any activities that interest them where they get focused and involved?

    How much open social time are the children in your program given?

    When they are moving, what are they doing?

    Those are just the first questions that popped into my head from your question...I know there are lots of folks on this list with lots of expertise in this area...hopefully between us all we can help find you some ways to help this child and your class and you and the other teachers.

    Joanie Calem
    Music and Inclusion Specialist
    Sing Along
    Columbus, OH

  • 8.  RE: Help kids new manners

    Posted 02-20-2023 07:01 PM

    Child is three years old, circle time we are only 15 minutes then we spend doing activities according to what we talked in the circle time of the topic of the week, it distracts the children screams, pushes his partner anyone who sits with him is going to repeat what the teacher says everything is ok ok he wants to go Things like that

    Karla Flores
    Burlingame CA