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Old 08-01-2019, 03:11 PM
 
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Hi,
Iím a licensed teacher substitute in a ECE church program. My question regards bathroom management. The bathrooms are not located in the classroom. They are located across the building, so we have a schedule for bathroom breaks. This is my first time to deal with this type of situation. In previous programs I have worked at bathrooms were located in the classroom. So how do you keep the children entertained/busy while trying to the monitor the bathrooms and the children waiting to go? Iíll also post this on the ECE boards. Thanks in advance for replyís.


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If this fits the layout of your building, I'd have the kids who are waiting for the bathroom line up along a wall where I can stand in the bathroom doorway and still move my head to supervise the line. Those who are finished could stand on the other side of the hall/room/area. That way I'd think my back wouldn't be turned to any group.

To keep kids waiting for the bathroom or who are finished, I'd learn some finger plays and nursery rhymes and teach them to the kids. The eency weency spider, Jack and Jill, etc. maybe even Going on a Lion Hunt all with gestures. Teach these long before you all head for the bathrooms. They won't be listening before they go, they'll be potty dancing.

You might teach them the hand washing song to the tune of Happy Birthday: "Happy dead germs for me, happy dead germs for me, happy dead germs, happy dead germs, happy dead germs for me." I obviously made it up myself. You can also model proper hand washing well before they go to the bathroom.
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