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    By Kathy

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    I hate to disagree with the previous poster since I've never actually taught kindergarten students, but having taught older ones for many years I can't imagine a raffle working well with 5 year olds. I think that's just asking for tears and hurt feelings.

    Young children (I taught first for nine years) are easily pleased. A sticker or stamp on their hand or small trinket that you could give to everyone who was cooperative would delight them and you would have a lot better chance of most of the class leaving with a smile.

    It's important to set up expectations early--and keep with the routine as much as you possibly can. Positive reinforcement works wonders with this age group. (I'm looking for a quiet table or I like the way _______ is sitting.)

    Keep them active as much as you can! I became pretty good at thinking up all kinds of movement activities to reinforce learning skills when I taught that age group. Small children are like clocks--made to run!!

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