Effective discipline with a preschooler

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Effective discipline with a preschooler

Disciplining at preschool is a teacher’s objective, not to actually discipline the child, but to redirect the child. I think discipline is more of a parenting thing to do rather than a teacher’s responsibility. Teachers are there to guide and teach them the correct way of being in a safe environment. Parenting, on the other hand, you need to be on the same page. You can’t have one person saying one thing and another person saying the other. If you set your boundaries and you say you’re going to do something, it’s really imperative that you follow through on that. In fact, I find positive reinforcement much more effective when you praise the child when they’re actually doing something that’s great, and it’s like, “Oh my gosh, you’re doing something great!” “I see that you brushed your teeth this morning without mommy having to ask you.” Don’t put a, “Good job! Good boy, good girl!” on it, because it really means nothing to them – they’re there to please you and they are there and it makes them happy when they do so. Rather than focusing on the negative, because you’re just going to create more negative behavior.

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Preschooler Director

Australian native Renae Plant saved Los Angeles-based Camelot Preschool on February 14, 2008 along with a handful of parents who believed that Camelot should remain a community preschool. Over the years, Camelot has flourished under her leadership as owner/director. Renae improved the campus with eco-friendly bamboo floors, synthetic grass, themed sand castle and play structures. Her biggest accomplishment was turning a run-down shed, in record time, into an eco-friendly, open plan classroom with natural skylights and a special indoor/outdoor feel. Most recently she planned and added a Kindergarten Program to compliment the school and continues to implement new exciting parent involvement programs as well as Music, Spanish, Yoga and Sign Language.  She oversees the day-to-day running of Camelot as well as juggling her hubby Livinio and three kids, Ilan, Mateo and Deklan, (all of whom attended Camelot) and her bump maternity clothing line.

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