Handling Disappointments

Kindergarten children can become very upset if they are not chosen for certain privileges or responsibilities. Many do not deal well with the disappointment of not being selected or having to wait their turn. One teacher taught her students an "Oh well" signal. With a snap of the fingers in a big, sweeping motion, she leads her children in saying, "Oh well... maybe next time." The class has practiced this technique repeatedly in response to disappointments. When students use the "Oh well" response, the teacher reinforces with much praise, telling them: "You are so grown up. I am very proud of you."

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