3 – 5 Year Olds


Hi Marv!
I am a bit concerned about how I go about using DISCIPLINE WITHOUT STRESS with developmentally delayed 3 – 5 year olds. Basically, my class will be filled with developmental levels ranging from 18 months to 3 yrs. Any suggestions? Thanks!


I suggest what you are already doing, viz., have patience, teach procedures, have students practice them, challenge them to improve, and acknowledge them on their actions when they do. These and continual encouragement of what they are doing right will help develop habits of self-discipline.

The one addition would be—after teaching a procedure—to ask your students to SHOW YOU, rather than our usual inclination to just SHOW THEM.

If you have ever taken a computer course (or been coached on one, or a musical instrument, or some athletic activity, or have had someone show you how to do something), you have experienced what any learning involves: The activity must be EXPERIENCED by the LEARNER.

Because we teach doesn’t mean students have learned. Much the same way that just because we know what to do doesn’t mean we do it.