How can I get my six year old daughter to stop talking in class?

Erin - posted on 08/11/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My six year old in a talker (like her momma) and she has been getting in trouble for talking after the teacher tells her to stop. I have tried taking privileges away, making her write the sentences "I will not talk in class"(on the advice of her teacher) and nothing seems to work. I don't want to spank her but I am at my wits end. I know it seems harmless but her teacher is starting to get frustrated and I am not sure what to do. Any advice would help.

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Debbie - posted on 08/14/2009

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I'm a teacher and I think writing sentences is not the way to address this issue. She should be given rewards when she doesn't talk. There is a possibility she is just bored in class. Is the teacher channeling her into other areas? I am not her teacher so I don't know if your child is bored or needs help. Most children talk because they are not either of the two. Ask her teacher if maybe she can be a class helper for the day or earn rewards for being respectful in class.

Jenifer - posted on 08/12/2009

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Hi Erin - my daughter was getting in trouble at school for the same reason (I think it must be a "girl" thing! :)) I bought her a ring (from the $$ store), and each morning, before she left for school, I would put it on her finger and tell her to "make good choices", and "be respectful". She loved this morning routine (and probably the attention from me), and we never had another issue! Hope this helps!! Jenifer

Michelle - posted on 08/11/2009

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That is something her teacher should be able to deal with. If it's a classroom issue I feel it should be dealt with at school. You can try and talk to her and explain why she shouldn't but I really don't think it will help much as it's not being dealt with while the problem is happening.

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Angie - posted on 08/13/2009

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Ilike the idea that was posted of the ring. It's a tangible reminder. I was a talker in class when I was little, and truly, I think there are worse things to be! Try to use positive reinforcement by letting her select something she can earn every day she does not talk out in class. But she is only six! I think too much is expected of kids. She is probably very bright and brimming with creativity and ideas! Help her to channel this in a way that is not disruptive. Maybe she can have a little notebook to draw in when she has finished her class room work.

Jodi - posted on 08/11/2009

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I used to be a shocker at talking in class when I was a kid, and the teacher used to make me sit in the front of the class turned towards the blackboard - it was very embarrassing, but it worked.



How is the teacher dealing with it?

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