We'll work through the Kidtown Handbook section by section. Each section will have questions that you must answer before moving to the next section.
Children must be symptom free from the following (without medication) for at least 24 hours before entering Kidtown:
Children do well when they know what is expected of them. The classroom structure will be similar from week to week. Having a predictable routine helps kids cope with an environment and understand appropriate behavior.
Children often learn by modeling behavior. For example, “I love the way Sarah is sitting quietly with her hands in her lap. Great job!” The other children will typically follow in hopes of being praised in the same way. Praising kids rewards good behavior and reinforces it for the entire class. You may also use positive reinforcement, such as: obedient children are the first to receive snacks or art supplies.
Instead of going into things like clean up time with a negative approach, such as “I’m so sorry, but we have to put toys away now…” try addressing it with a positive spin like “OK, kids, I have a mission for you: do you think we can have all of these toys put away in two minutes?” Singing the clean up song is also a fun way to begin and encourage a clean up routine.
Engage an upset child with something of interest. Talk to them in a way that distracts them from thinking about their parents and avoid saying that Mommy or Daddy are coming. If absolutely necessary, you can remind them that Mommy and Daddy will come back soon, but do not make that the point of your conversation. For children who are likely to cry, ask their parents about how to best soothe them. If the child is inconsolable, get the Assistant or Director. They will then assess whether to call the parent or not.
Focus on God’s love for the child and your love for the child. Be specific as you explain that you want him or her to follow directions, be kind to friends, participate, etc. Remember that discipline should always be given in love, not in anger. Give the child one warning. If the child does not respond, you can have them sit on a chair for a time out to calm down. If the child still does not respond, get the Assistant or Director to decide on next steps.