I've been teaching the 3 & 4 year old class at church on Wednesdays and have until the end of Sept to go. Every time, I'm almost ready to cry or pull my hear out! LOL. The class attendance varies, but usually has two boys, one of which is very hyperactive (has always been), and three-four girls, including one of my daughters. My daughter is usually the most behaved, probably because I'm there. But she's also the oldest--almost 5. The boys cannot sit still, whether that is in a chair or on the floor for a story. The girls cannot stop talking. I know a lot of this is completely normal for their age group, but I might as well be just babysitting them. I cannot get through any activity, story, game--anything without being interrupted and having to stop to try to gain their attention again. I've tried active games, I've tried coloring, I've tried singing songs--I'm out of ideas. This past Wednesday I put the hyperactive boy in the corner for time out for about a minute because he was leaning back in his chair making everyone laugh and would not obey when I asked him to stop several times. And then there's the bathroom issue. Our children's classrooms have bathrooms, and it never fails every one of them will wind up having to go to the bathroom. I've even tried reminding the parents as they're being dropped off to make sure they've gone to the restroom, and inevitably they say something like "I think they're good." or "Well, she's able to go herself now." They don't realize that even though they can go by themselves, it's still a disruption and when one has to go, all the sudden everyone has to go.
Sorry that's so long. Any tips or ideas would be very much appreciated!! Thanks!
on Aug. 23, 2013 at 5:54 PM