Sunday, January 3, 2010

Compliment Chart

I am totally biting this idea from my son's first grade teacher, so thanks Mr. E! At open house Mr E. told the parents about the "compliment pond" and I fell in love with the idea.

In the classroom there is a board with a fish pond and 12 fish on the outside of the pond. As the class transitions from one room to another, like going to specials, lunch or library, if they are given a compliment by another teacher or staff member they move a fish into the pond. When all the fish are in the pond the class gets a party.

So I decided to help motivate the boys to be on their best behavior in public, I would borrow this idea. Only I am just using a chart, because I don't have the motivation to make a fish pond. I am excited to say, it is WORKING. If they are so well behaved in public that someone comments on it, even if it is just daddy or an aunt they get a point. When they have 12 points they get a special treat. They are even reminding each other to behave to earn points!

7 comments:

Priscilla said...

I love it! That is one of my biggest battles in public is having all 3 behave properly! Thanks for sharing the idea!

Mommy Melee said...

AWESOME.

Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] said...

Dude - positive affirmations work on kids. I've also found that by telling them what TO do instead of what NOT to do, they seem to respond better.

I may have to steal that idea, too!

newfiehun said...

I am SO stealing thisl My ds needs all the encouragement he can get - and he really goes for bribes - er, I mean "incentives" :o)

MCMFamily said...

Brilliant!

adjunctmom said...

This is an amazing idea. I'm going to have to try it with Mr. 4. It should be a very interesting experiment.

Woo222 said...

This is awesome! Way to reward good behavior!! Angie's right, research shows reinforcing good behavior is more effective than punishing bad behavior. I love that you've made a habit of catching your kids being good. Stellar parenting! :) ~Susan