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Posted on February 21, 2015 5:49 pm
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yjugeM
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Stealing in Kindergarten
I have a student who steals. She went into another students backpack and took her lunch money. It is appropriate to tell the student that if she steals when she grows up that she will go to jail?
 
     
     
 
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Posted February 22, 2015 5:21 pm

ugeBeS
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I would start first by telling the student consequences that may occur if she continues to steal now. Telling the student that stealing when they grow up may lead to jail is an abstract concept for a kindergartener to comprehend. The student will have very little understanding of jail, and will have no connection to anything that far in the future. This student needs to understand the consequences and understand the situation as it relates to her current life. If the student see's the connection between what she is doing, and how it will effect her life and her peers lives currently, she will be much more inclined to understand.
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baQumy
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I agree that this is the proper way to handle this.
  Posted on: October 23, 2015 4:33 pm

Kathy Allen
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I think this is a good idea!
  Posted on: February 23, 2018 9:42 pm

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Solution 2
Posted February 21, 2015 10:21 pm

yPutyX
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I don't see anything wrong with telling the student of serious consequences, otherwise how will they change their behavior? That sad thing too is that this seems to be some type of learned behavior, because I can't believe a kindergarten child would think to do that on their own!
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eQyVuj
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Yes I agree.
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 4:42 pm

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Solution 3
Posted March 13, 2015 1:46 am

uPaVuT
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I do not think it is appropriate to tell the student that if she steals when she grows up that she will go to jail. I would focus on how it makes the other students feel when something is being taken from them. Asking the student if they have a younger sibling that may have taken their favorite animal or toy out of their room and then ask how they feel. Telling a student in kindergartener that they will go to jail is a scare tactic and potentially a self-fulfilling prophecy. If this student is habitual with their stealing then it is time for the counselor, parents, and potentially outside resources to be involved. As a parent of a child in kindergarten, I would be appalled if a teacher told my child they would go to jail based on their actions no matter what the teacher's personal beliefs are.
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Solution 4
Posted February 28, 2015 9:25 pm

yDegyv
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Their is no problem informing the student how their behavior can affect them in the future.
It is part of the job as a teacher. This confrontation should be done discreetly such as after class or in another room.
What should be done next is to inform the guidance counselor, school psychologist, administration, and the parents.
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Qebysu
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I like this solution however, I think informing the child of the consequences should be done in a deft and thoughtful manner as to not overstate it and scare the child.
  Posted on: February 28, 2015 11:48 pm

eQyVuj
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She must understand now rather than the consequences come later on.
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 4:42 pm

Danielle Brock
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I agree with this case study. I will utilize this information once I become a teacher.
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 10:40 pm

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Solution 5
Posted March 13, 2015 1:20 am

eQymyX
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I have a student in my pre-kindergarten classroom that struggles with stealing too. When he steals, I ask him what he did wrong, and how stealing can hurt others. By asking him questions, he is thinking about what he did wrong. In my opinion, allowing the student to verbally talk about what he/she did wrong is much more beneficial than just telling the student what he/she did wrong.
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Solution 6
Posted March 15, 2015 1:58 pm

yTuGub
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For that age group, I would start by creating classroom rules of respecting the properities of each other. Then I will ask them to help come up with the consequences of breaking those rules.
Repeat offenders will receive the consequences as per the rules without trying to embarrass them in front of the class.
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