“Okay, time to line-up.” These are some of the most dangerous words I say all day. As soon as I say “time to…” my kids are running, pushing, and shoving to be first in line! Do you have little guys like me that are clamoring to be first in line? I have this problem very often in my age group, and I guess it is a good problem to have, because it is age appropriate (as I see similar behavior coming form the typical 3rd-5th graders as well1).
Well, I have tried coaching my kids through this; showing visuals for appropriate line behavior, reinforcing them when they are appropriate in line and making them go to the end when they do anything inappropriate, and it just wasn’t enough. In past classes, this could be enough to work, but not with this bunch. So, we started using a visual for line-order. The kids keep this order for one week, then the person in the front goes to the back and the rest of the line-order remains the same. I have this posted by the door and the kids’ names are velcroed on, so we can easily switch it each week.I placed the kids in the line next to kids they get along with/won’t cause trouble with. Hopefully, under these conditions, we will be able to master “walking in a line” and “lining up.” With 13 kids, lining up is actually important for safety. Getting from one place in the school to another is very difficult if my kids are all over the place or pushing each other out of the way. I don’t mind if one kid has to stand slightly to the side of the line or another kid wants to run his hand along the wall as he walks to give him a sense of his space. I really just want to ensure that we all make it in one piece from point A to point B. This new line-order will also help us work on the concepts of “turn-taking” and “sharing” which all my kids need additional exposure to. Have you had to do similar interventions in your room? Have you found them successful? I did something similar in the past, and was able to eventually fade it out and not have my kids killing each other to be first…here’s to hoping we see that success again!
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