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Effective Pre-K and Kindergarten Classroom Management

Classroom management provides a tool to establish a structured and consistent discipline plan. Successful implement of classroom management contributes to a half way success to accomplish the goal of teaching and education.

My daughter started school this year and she is in Pre-K.  Being a first time Mom, I had made myself some great opportunities to observe the class a lot.  I have learned and found some great techniques that the teacher, Mrs. Fristad, is using in the classroom and I am able to apply some of those techniques at home with my daughter. I found these classroom management skills effective and beneficial. Here I hope to share with any teacher or other parents out there who are maybe interested to try or to give some feedback so we can all learn from each other.

Classroom Helpers

Children love to get involved, they love to be a part of everything. It is a great way to train them to be responsible and independent. To get each one engaged with a small task and to make them feel good about themselves. After all, when they are engaged with something, they get into less trouble. 

In our daughter’s class, each student is being assigned with a task to help some daily routine. They take turns and rotate to do different task each day.

  • There is always one “Teacher Assistant” who helps the teacher to carry a little something, just paper or so.
  • The “Door Holder” is a person to hold the door for the whole class to go in & out of the door.  2 students will be assigned as Line Leaders so they lead the line to walk through the hallway, for the whole class to go from the classroom to the gym or to the lunch room back & forth.
  • “Check Light” is a person who will go at the end of the line to turn off the light after the whole class has left the room.

Prepare each student a name tag, and the first thing each morning, move around the names to put into different duty pouch each day.

Here is the Classroom Helpers Chart on the wall in the classroom:

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Line-up Manner

To go in and out from the classroom to the arts room, or to the break room, etc., the students are asked to form in 2 lines. Each student will hold hand with a partner to walk in and out. This way the lines can be kept in shape. Try to always keep their focus on not loosing their partner so the line would be formed and they can go in and out of the rooms quickly and smoothly.

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  1. Mandy

    On March 4, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Yes, I would also to have a star for recognition award.

  2. Bick Parker

    On March 5, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Another splendid article worthy of note. Teaching kids from an early age what’s right from wrong can only be beneficial to their development, and produce a more polite generation. Kids soak up information like a sponge, so continually give them small tasks and reward their success.

  3. Joni Keith

    On March 6, 2009 at 11:05 am

    This is an excellent article and a very effective way to teach children responsibility for their own actions. I agree, music makes any task easier and more fun.

  4. Dee Gold

    On March 19, 2009 at 10:00 am

    great ideas

  5. kris miyasako

    On May 3, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    I love this piece. The presentation is very commendable. thanks for sharing.

  6. Francy

    On June 22, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    thanks for sharing

  7. Teves

    On November 3, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    NIce one…

  8. Mariana

    On April 17, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I´m a teacher of English and I feel glad to read other teacher´s methods. Rewarding students is, for me, an excellent way to motivate children!

  9. noma

    On December 2, 2010 at 3:31 am

    a superb article .i have started the k class and this wil help me alot

  10. shaista

    On January 17, 2011 at 9:59 am

    This is wonderfull , i m going to apply this magic in my class as kindergarten teacher i need such ideas to make children learn with concentation,children r crazy abt getting stars n gifts ………this is something very beautiful i have read…………thanx ….kep up the good work………

  11. angel

    On June 30, 2011 at 10:51 am

    fantastic! thanks for the great hand!

  12. Qtaechean

    On January 6, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    This is certainly a great set of ideas.

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