Early Childhood Teaching Tip #1: Decreasing Inappropriate Behavior During Structured Physical Activity


Children face an abundance of “firsts” when they attend preschool, including their first experience of structured activity time.  Enjoyment and success during activity is best achieved by remembering the saying, “The best defense is a good offense. Children need to learn the expectations for the structured activity class time.

For a sample lesson plan with expectations for structured activity, Click Here.

Even when children are aware of class expectations, the excitement of brightly colored equipment, inclusion of movement, and possibly being outdoors are distractions that can cause children to behave inappropriately. Decreasing inappropriate behavior is one of the goals of creating a positive learning environment.

For a list of strategies to help decrease inappropriate behavior, Click Here.