Class Etiquette


In all early childhood programs, children have conflicts over space, materials, and friendships. Learning how to find solutions that work for everyone is an important learning experience for young children. Given that adults are not always effective at social problem solving, it is no wonder that this area poses a substantial challenge for young children. It is also a major concern among practitioners, many of whom have not been trained to deal with this daily occurrence. Refer to the following strategies to learn how you can help young children resolve disputes.


  1. Provide a consistent, predictable routine.
  2. Encourage children’s language development.
    1. Be warm and positive in conversations.
    2. Describe and imitate children’s actions.
    3. Read books about feelings.
    4. Talk with children about feelings.
  3.  Play in partnership with children.
    1. Get down on children's level and engage play on their terms.
    2. Encourage learning about feelings during play.
    3. Help children resolve problems that arise during play.


  • Approach calmly, stopping any hurtful actions. Place yourself between the children, on their level.

  • Acknowledge children's feelings. Say something simple such as "You look really upset." Let children know you need to hold any object in question.
  • Gather information. Ask "What's the problem?" Do not ask "Why" questions.
  • Restate the problem. "So the problem is…"
  • Ask for ideas for solutions and choose one together. "What can we do to solve this problem?"
  • Be prepared to give follow-up support. Acknowledge their accomplishments (e.g., "You solved the problem!") Stay nearby in case anyone is not happy with the solution and the process needs repeating.

flagOUR PLEDGE    bear


We pledge to respect ourselves and others, always give our best, come to class ready to learn and have a positive spirit each and every day!


In order to have a happy and peaceful classroom as well as ensure that we have successful learning experiences, students have agreed to the following goals and ways to achieve them:


We are working toward a:
Learning Classroom

You will see us:

*Try hard
*Always give our best


We are working toward a:
Helping Classroom

You will see us:

* Give Hints
*Tell the teacher if someone is nervous
*Help friends talk to a person who hurt them or made them feel bad


We are working toward a:
Quiet Classroom

You will see us:
*Raise our hand to share with others
*Work quietly


We are working toward a:
Peaceful Classroom


You will see us:

*Be calm
*Work out our problems with words
*Use small voices
*Talk about our problems

We are working toward a:
Clean Classroom

You will see us:

*Put things away
*Keep materials organized
*Throw trash away
*Clean our desks

We are working toward:
Respectful Classroom

You will see us:

*Take responsibility for ourselves
*Take care of everyone's property
*Do nice things for each other

*Listen carefully to each other
*Pay attention
*Be kind and gentle



INTEGRITY:To act according to what ¦s right and wrong.

INITIATIVE:To do something because it needs to be done.

FLEXIBILITY:The ability to alter plans when necessary.

PERSEVERANCE:To keep at it!

ORGANIZATION:To work in an orderly way.

SENSE OF HUMOR:To laugh and be playful without hurting others.

EFFORT:To do your best!

COMMON SENSE:To think it through.

PROBLEM-SOLVE:To seek solutions.

RESPONSIBILITY:To do what is right.

PATIENCE:To wait calmly.

FRIENDSHIP:To make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring.

CURIOSITY:To investigate and seek understanding.

COOPERATION:To work together toward a common goal.

CARING:To show/feel concern.