Age Range: 6-12 years old
Types of Care Available: Full-Time for homeschoolers, Days off school, Snow Days, Spring Break, Summer, and Sick days*
*Only if your child is the only one in my care for the day*
- I do offer tutoring/homework help/help with homeschooling
- We often do messy science experiments
- Outdoor activities are encouraged
- Children are allowed to bring scooters, bikes, skates, skateboards, etc. as long as they have helmets. (No one is allowed to do any of these things without a helmet)
First offense: Warning not to repeat a behavior and inquiry about the needs of the child
Second offense: Time In
Third Offense: A token is removed from their jar
Temper Tantrums will result in an immediate time in until they have calmed down enough to talk about what's upsetting them.
Token Economy: Positive reinforcement for good behavior.
Each time the child does something that we have been working on behaviorally or socially, they will be rewarded with a wooden token to put in their special jar and at the end of the day they have the option of spending their tokens on something from the token store or they can save them for bigger prizes! I stock up on small candies and toys that they can "buy" from the token store and the bigger prizes are things like more expensive toys that I will save for the purpose of letting the children buy them.
I do time in with the kiddos in my home because I find that it helps to calm tantrums faster and correct behavior more effectively if I sit down next to them while coaching them on how to calm themselves down by breathing slowly, talking softly, giving them the words they aren't able to communicate, etc. Time in is not a punishment but rather an opportunity to teach young people how to handle their big emotions and it is also a chance to communicate to them how precious they are.
See the TBRI Page under the 'About' Tab for more info on Time In and my philosophy here.
Note: If I have any physical violence problems with this age group, I will contact the parents for useful and appropriate consequences for the individual child. I will also require a written action plan for any children who have any physical behavioral issues for my safety and the safety of other children.