Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Making a reward chart

One useful tool to help with unwanted behaviour is a reward chart
Many parents use reward charts to help them to manage their children's behaviour, and for may cases, they have been proven to make a difference, although not with every child. There are several different forms of reward charts and ideas of rewarding children, so I thought I would share a few!!

Some ideas are:

* A chart designed by yourself to suit the child (eg: with their favourite character or a photo)
* A chart made to look like a hill with a car and the child's photo. The car moves closer to the hill each time they behave well and a treat is given when they reach the top.
* A pebble or feather jar - each time the child is good, they put a pebble or feather in the jar. When it is full, they receive their reward.
* A castle on top of a hill with the child's face on a princess body, again, the move up the path closer to the castle and when they reach it, they get a reward.
* I have made "Smiley books" in settings. When a child does a good deed, they get a smiley face drawn in the book with a comment on what they had done. Three smiley faces receives a sticker, but if using at home can be another reward instead.
* A ladder of success - children's photos climb a ladder with each good deed and receive a reward once at the top.
* A large train is placed on the wall with several carriages behind.
The child is represented in the carriages by name and with a little cartoon character. There is also a station called Missed toy Station.
If a child is misbehaving they are removed from the train and placed in the station. If the child modifies their behaviour they can be returned to the train.
If the child is off the train at the end of the day they lose a toy

These are just some ideas. You can get a range of ideas off of the Internet, with printable reward charts and some shops sell reward charts too. The key is to be consistent and stick to the rules off the chart.Have a specific reward in mind, it doesn't have to be grand, it can be an outing somewhere. Make the target achievable and age appropriate. A 3 year old cannot be expected to get 15 stickers for example, to get a reward if you are doing it on a daily measure. 15 in a week is a little more achievable.
Make your boundaries clear. If a child is not aware of what you consider good or bad behaviour, you cannot expect them to be able to reach their goals.

What works for you? email me at childcareclair@hotmail.co.uk

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