For some reason, during classrrom time, it tends to be a BLAST to go visit the bathroom as many times as possible during the school day, especially when any important lessons are being taught, or core curriculum books are being read. We cannot really figure out why it is so fun, but we have had an awful time in the past with students asking to go the bathroom multiple times during school, and then not really “going” when they are in there.
With not being at preschool for very long, valuable learning time can be lost because of the frequency of the bathroom visits. The bathroom visits also can become disruptive to the class environment. Don’t get me wrong, we want the preschool pals to let us know if they need to go to the bathroom and we want to take them if they do need to, but we do not want to take students out if they really do not need to go.
So, because of all this, we established a “Potty Program” for those who wanted to participate and IT WORKED! We have decided to continue to offer the program for the VHC, VBS and MUC classes. (We’re still figuring out if we want to do something like this for the Panda Bear Class.)
We are going to continue to offer “incentive stickers” to the preschool pals who go into the bathroom at school prior to classes starting with their parents and actually try to go. (Yes, it has to be in the building, not at home, or outside the building.) After they do this, if the preschool pal and parent will go to the muscle room teachers, probably Mrs. Mandy and Mrs. Cindy, and inform them they did actually physically go into the bathroom and try, they will get a sticker to put on the “Potty Program” chart. After five stickers, they will receive a small reward.
We really hope that by going before school starts, we will be able to cut down dramatically on the bathroom commotion. We really appreciate all parents and preschool pals who plan to participate. It really makes a difference with giving us more teaching and instructional time!