4/5 Year Old Boys Behavior
02-12-2012, 09:12 AM
I need some advice. I teach in a state funded pre-k (in a childcare center) that has a main focus of "redirect, redirect, redirect" when it comes to behavior issues. I have 3 boys in my room that I seem to be incapable of "redirecting" almost daily.
Boy A- turned 5 in November; He has had ongoing anger management issues since day 1 of pre-k. He displays very typical boy behavior (pushing, tackling, etc.) throughout the day; however, what concerns me is his inabilty to stop when he is redirected. For example, last week he punched 3 seperate boys in their private parts within the first 2 hours of the day. One of the boys was hit so hard that he threw up! On Friday, he slapped another boy in the face hard enough to leave a hand print! Mom seems indifferent to hrlping solve the problem. I have scheduled 3 PT conferences and she has cancelled or no-showed each one. I requested another conference for the upcoming week.
I have tried removing him from the area- doesn't work... he just keeps exhibiting the behaviors with other students around him. I have seperated him from the entire group (frowned upon by who runs our program, but I had no other option!) and he occassionally continues doing similar behaviors to himself. I offer his choices- 1. Stop said behavior or 2. leave activity and he has shown the ability to redirect after choosing #1, but it is not consistent.
I don't know what else to do!
Boy B- He is 4; Hispanic; Speaks English well and comprehends well in most cases. His overall issue is simply mean behavior- he calls people names, spits on them, is constantly pushing, hitting (sneaky hits with his elbows at the table), pinching, etc. He plays with one particular girl most days and I loving call them my old married couple because they definetly fight like one! On Thursday, we were getting ready to line up for recess when he tripped the girl on purpose. I had been observing him because of some arguing they had been engaging in earlier in the day and witnessed him watch her walk to the line. As she was getting ready to pass him, he stuck his foot out and tripped her. Thankfully, she was not injured.
Later during recess, I was observing them interacting with each other and could see that they were once again arguing in Spanish over something. I was standing near the stairs (3 steps) by our sidewalk when she stomped over to (I assume) tattle on him for whatever was being said. He ran up behind her as she was taking the first step and pushed her forcefully from behind. If I had not been standing thaere, she would have landed face-forst on the concrete and gotten who-knows what kind of injuries!
I have been working with him since we came back from Winter Break (these behaviors weren't as bad prior to break) and set him up on a behavior chart, which I reviewed with mom and my student. Mom says she is doing the same at home and it is not working.
Boy C- I think I am simply shocked to see the attitude he has at age 5 (turned 5 in November). He has been mocking/mimicking everyone in the room (myself and my assistant included), is constantly picking on other kids (takes toys even if he's not in the center, etc.) and interrupts everyone and laughs because he thinks it's funny!
I guess I just need some advice from anyone with any experience dealing with these types of behaviors. I am a 1st year pre-k teacher and I'm ready to pull my hair out! I have little to no support from my Director and the parents. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!