Whenever you get a group of children together there is going to be a need for discipline – not just discipline of the children, but the adults too.
All too often we have problems with children because we aren’t prepared; we haven’t thought through the day and imagined all the likely scenarios.
Yes there are times when we have done all we can and a kid acts out. BUT – we should be prepared for that too.
In our KidTrek Training we challenge trainees to get to know each kid individually. Each kid has different needs, different trigger points, different challenges at home over which he has no control. For you to have a disciplined after school program you must know each kid as an individual.
IT IS UP TO YOU!
KidTrek Bucks is an effective tool used for disciplining BUT so much more. (Explanation of Bucks at above link is part of KidTrek’s Sunday Plus Children’s Ministry Curriculum/Philosophy)
The kids have to pay for everything with KidTrek Bucks.
- School Supplies:
- Paper – $2 per sheet
- Pencil/colored pencil – $6 / rental – $5
- Eraser – $5 / rental – $4
- Pen/crayon – $7/ rental – $5
- Ruler – rental – $5
- Scissors – rental – $5
- Glue stick – $10 / rental – $6
- Bottle of glue – rental – $5
- Calculator – rental – $7
- Copies – $4 per copy
- Field Trips
- Computer: $5/15 minutes (non-schoolwork)
- Pool Table: $10/person per hour
- Ping Pong: $10/person
- Board Games: $5/person for each game
- Jump Ropes: $10
- Cup of ice: $5
- There is also a store that has all sorts of fun things and necessary items.
- At one center the kids asked if bread could be put in the store. The director told me, “I live in this neighborhood and I didn’t realize there were kids who were hungry.” Again know your kids and their families.
Paying for everything teaches the reality of life.
BUCKS teach critical thinking as well as delayed gratification.
(Will continue these thoughts later in the week.)