We are very fortunate to have three swings in our preschool’s outdoor play area. Swings take up a lot of space so it can be difficult to fit them in and yet, they provide so much enjoyment. The challenge with swings is sharing.
Often, once a child is on the swing that child does not want to stop. It is way too much fun. And there lies the problem. We have 15 children and 3 swings. And we have several avid swingers in the group. We can set a timer but then the adults are helping and the goal is self–regulation so how do we get there?
Here’s an excellent example. Today was a gray windy day and when A decided to get off the swing I commented, “Thank you for sharing the swing with your friend, he looks really happy to get a turn; I am so proud of you.” Then I gave her a hug.
Child’s response: ” That’s because I’m a nice girl. I share sometimes. I share on windy days.”
Notice I didn’t say “Good job!” or “Well done!” or give any praise. I just thanked her, hugged her and told her I was proud. Then she happily came to her own conclusion.
Will she share the swing next time? I guess we have to wait for a windy day 😉
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