As you may know, I have five children. I have 3 girls and 2 boys. Girl (9), girl (7), boy (5), boy (2), girl (8 months)… I have seen first hand there is a difference between boys and girls. At least in my family there is a difference between boys and girls. Maybe it is not that boys and girls are different but rather that all children are all unique. Anyway, my five year old boy is a five year old boy. Shocking, I know. If you have a five year old boy, I hope you know what I am talking about. He is cute, he is active. He is loving, he is fun, he is emotional, he is aggressive, he is imaginative. He can be the sweetest kid on earth and also the most angry and frustrated kid on earth. He turns into a gremlin when he is tired and/or hungry. Gremlins can be really cute, though. Anyway, today I wanted to do a post on preschool behavior management…and what has really helped my little cutie. (This is my five year old below -see, he is not always a gremlin!)
My 5 year old loves to play sports. We put him in a summer soccer league and sometimes he would get so angry. He would get angry if he lost, or if he did not score a goal. He would cry, he would scream, he would be a five year old boy. It made bringing him to play soccer very hard because you never new which 5 year old would arrive… did we feed him enough that morning? Did he sleep well enough? What if things did not go his way? Well, fortunately we came across Howard Binkow’s book about sportsmanship.
After soccer season ended we ordered the book, and then basketball season began. He had the same issues with basketball – he would get so frustrated. Then we started reading him Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns about Sportsmanship:Winning Isn’t Everything before he went to practice. Amazingly, his behavior got better! He started passing the ball more, and not getting so angry. We were amazed! Each time he would go to practice or a game, we would read him the book. Each time he had such a great practice and game. It was an amazing transformation. It was so amazing we looked up what other books Howard Binkow had written. His books seemed like a great way to help with our preschool behavior management issue.
We found a whole bunch of books that we thought would be great. There was a book about listening, a book about anger, a book about learning to get along, a book about telling the truth. We ordered a whole bunch of them -and each one is a gem! My 5 year old wigglebottom loves listening to the books. Then, when he starts not to listen, or he starts to get frustrated or angry, I ask him why he is being a Wigglebottom. He immediately takes a deep breath and does his best to turn himself around.
So, I hope if you have a Wigglebottom in your life -whether it is at home, or in a classroom, consider finding some of these books and testing them out. They sincerely have helped my preschool behavior management craziness in my home.
Thank you to Jenny Hoke Photography for taking this awesome picture of my son!
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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading, Mrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.