Sunday, August 31, 2008

Those Kindergarteners are bananas!

Apparently Peter's new teacher is pretty strict.

It sounds like she spent much of the day yelling at the kids and taking away bananas.

Each kid has a monkey and they start the day with 5 bananas. If you break a rule you get a reminder and if you break it again, you get a banana taken away. If you do something good (saying thank you, helping someone, etc.) then you get an extra banana.

At the end of the week, if you have 23 bananas or more you get to go to the prize chest. Peter kept all of his bananas on Thursday and then managed to get an extra one on Friday.

He was pleased with his prize - a little imitation Hot Wheel. It looked like the teacher probably got a pack of 50 of these for $1.00. I think going to the prize chest was more exciting than the actual prize itself.

Peter said almost everyone lost bananas on Friday and that he and Colton (Jennifer's son) were the only ones that got an extra banana.

I am assuming that his teacher is trying to get everyone used to the rules. Hopefully it will calm down over the next few weeks.

He got his extra banana for saying thank you.

Apparently I need a prize chest around here.

Oh. And the boy with the really long name? The one Peter couldn't pronounce?

It wasn't Tom as I had predicted.

It was Gilberto.

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Mari said...

My kids had a teacher in 1st grade who did the same sort of thing with prizes. It does calm down once the kids get used to it, and they always love a prize - no matter what it is.
Peter is excused for not being able to pronounce that name!

Mamasphere said...

That's my husband's name! It took a long time for our daughter to say correctly. Though the portuguese pronunciation is slightly different than the spanish one (Jew-berto).

We tried the prize chest- it didn't work because my daughter kept losing all of her stickers.

jennwa said...

I am so glad we have the good kids of the class.

Anonymous said...

You must be so proud of him- I'm so glad it's going well!! You make it sound like he's been there must be an old hat at this! (British expression! :) Me- I'd still be a nervous wreck.

I miss those days. They're precious!!
bella x

HappyHourSue said...

I love the "behavior stations" the teachers make up. Last year's was "The Barn " or "The Mud". I always got reports from the 6 year old about who was in the mud.

Denise said...

Yea for Peter.

Rebekah said...

I tried to leave a comment but I dont know if it went through- so sorry if you get double.

Congratulations to Peter!

Jaina said...

I don't like it when teachers yell at their students. Especially the younger ones...there are MUCH better methods. But I'm pleased to hear that Peter did such a good job. And that IS a long name...and not entirely common, so probably harder for a little guy to remember right away.

Anonymous said...

Good for Peter.

Maybe I should try this at home with my two monkeys.

Annikke said...

Last year the kindergarten teacher had a similar set up and the first couple of days were rough, and I think you are right, she has to be strict so they learn the rules and then she can lighten up a little bit!

Mary said...

I remember the monkey with the bananas when I was in Kindergarten. When you lost all your yellow bananas, my teacher put up rotten ones. That was in the 70's - couldn't get away with that now!

Lisa said...

When I taught I had a card system. If you stayed on green for 5 days (no neccesarily in a row) you could get a piece of candy and at 10 you could go to my treasure box. I had several parents ask if they could get "cards" for their house too!