Children and adults behave according to the pleasure principle: behavior that’s rewarding continues, behavior that’s unrewarding ceases. Motivators help to obtain the ultimate goal: self-discipline. Children behave well because they want to or because they know good behavior is expected.
The stickers your child receives at Toddler Tree are rewards for effort and behavior. We are continuing with the strategy of rewarding children with a sticker when one or both of these elements are observed in the classroom. When referring to this concept, please use encouraging words, such as “I know you can win a sticker today” or “Show your best to earn your sticker” so that kids understand they will be rewarded when they deserve it. Please help us by correcting your child if you hear “The teacher didn’t give me a sticker” by reinforcing the concept of earning a reward, instead.