Friday, August 27, 2010

99 Ways to say "Very Good"

Our "Very Good" word for this week

One of my many goals this year is to praise my children more on their work and catch them being good.  So each week I have decided to write a word of praise on our white board in our homeschool classroom with an exclamation point.  If I catch them being on task with schoolwork, helping their sibling, doing neat work, etc. then I add an exclamation point or a letter if letters have been erased due to misbehavior.  This week's word is "SENSATIONAL!".  At the end of our school day if they have the whole word with an exclamation point still on the board they receive a tally mark.  After 10 tally marks they get a treat/surprise of some kind.  This week they reached 10 tally marks so I gave them a small box of  LEGOs that a friend of mine passed on to me.  Maybe their future rewards will be a trip to the Dollar Store, extra computer time, a special movie, or a special outing. 
Last week our word was "GOOD JOB!"

I will be choosing a new word for next week.  I got this idea from a teacher resource book and it has really helped me find ways to praise my children.  Their eyes light up and they have been motivated to work when I praise them and add letters/exclamation points! They are really bummed when I erase letters :(  I have also found this to be helpful because I have not been YELLING at my kids as much during school time.  I just calmly say what they are doing wrong and take my dry board eraser and erase letters.  I don't know if this discipline method will work indefinitely, but for the past 2 weeks I have enjoyed teaching my kids because they all want to be caught being good!

Need some ideas to say "Very Good"?  I have a sheet hanging up in my classroom with all different sayings to praise my children.  I refer to it sometimes while I am teaching.  I found a link that list the same 99 ways to say "Very Good" as I use.  Enjoy!  


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22 comments:

I may have to give this a try -- sound like a good idea. I voted for you on picket fence today

Tracy said...

Thanks Anna-Marie, the Adventurer! Thanks for stopping by again. I hope this idea is helpful for your home. I clicked a vote for you too:)
Have a good weekend!

Mrs. White said...

I am your newest follower from FFF! Good to find another homeschooler!

Mrs. White

Beth said...

Following you from Boost My Blog Friday! Love your title and all your work! Hope you'll stop by to say hi too!

Beth @ Two Monkeys & a Washtub
http://www.twomonkeysawashtub.com

Ginger said...

This sounds like a book I recently bought...Discipline Quietly by Marion Stuart. (something I need to read and heed!) ;-)

New follower from Boost My Blog Friday!

http://cheapskate4life.blogspot.com

I LOVE this idea.

I'm a SMITH, too. We could build our own army.

newest follower from boost my blog Friday!

Heather said...

That is a great idea.

I found your blog on Bloggy Moms! I'm following you on GFC.
Would love for you to come visit mine sometime.

Mommy Only Has Two Hands!

Hi Tracy

Thanks so much for joining me at Create With Joy -
I am following you back and looking forward to reading your Organization Sat posts!

Hugs
Ramona
http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com

Tracy said...

Hi Mrs. White! Thanks for stopping by, commenting, and following! I just visited your lovely blog and wrote a comment on your latest "estate" post. I'm your newest follower!
Have a blessed weekend!

Congrats!! I am glad to meet another Catholic blogger :o)

I have a blog - Share the Bible with MusingMom
musingsmombible.blogspot.com you might enjoy.

Stop by and say hi. Oh, my mom was a Smith. I found our family on a HUGE geneology site sometime back.

MusingMom6

musingsmom.blogspot.com
musingsmomspirit.blogspot.com

Tracy said...

Hi Beth at "Two Monkeys and a Washtub"!
Thanks for your visit, comment, and follow! I'm your newest follower and I am doing Surfin' Saturdays and linked up! I grabbed the Surf button and put it on my left sidebar and I'm "Liking" some great blogs like yours on FB :)
Have a good weekend!

Tracy said...

Hi Ginger!
That does sound like a great book! I have not heard of it before. Did you happen to find it at the library book sales ;) Have a good weekend and thanks for visiting and leaving a comment!

Tracy said...

Hi "Cheapskate4Life"!I'm following you back from Boost My Blog Friday! Thanks for visiting my blog, commenting and following!
I enjoyed reading your review of the costume store. If I was smart I would start making/buying my kid's costumes NOW since you are right, costume time for All Saint's Day and All Hallows Eve (Halloween) sneaks up way too quickly ! Have a good weekend!

Thanks for coming by my facebook page. I LOVE finding other Catholic moms to share with in the blogging world :)

Tracy said...

Hi Michelle at "Domestication of a Single Girl"! Thanks for your visit, comment,and follow. I left a comment on your recent post and I'm your newest follower! It is nice to meet other "Smiths" in this world since there are so few of us ;) Ha! :)
Have a good weekend!

Tracy said...

Hi Heather at "Mommy Only Has Two Hands"
I just visited your great blog! Thanks for your visit, comment, follow. I'm following you back and I "Like" your FB blog page. I also tried to Link up with your "FB Follow Friday", but Linky would not accept my FB blog address? I left a comment to see if you could help.
Have a good weekend!
My facebook blog address that I am trying to link up with is http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/A-Slice-of-Smith-Life/119996718052404?ref=ts

Tracy said...

Hi Ramona, "The Paper Princess"
Thanks for stopping by and your comment and follow back! Have a good weekend!

Tracy said...

Hi "Musings of a Modern Mom"! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! I enjoy meeting other Catholic bloggers too! And you have 3 blogs that you maintain and a beautiful large family? WOW! I am following 2 out of 3 of your blogs now!
Have a good weekend!

Tracy said...

Hi Lisa at "All Things Gale"! Thanks for your visit and comment and your visit to my blog FB page! I too enjoy meeting other Catholic bloggers! Have a good weekend!

Brenda said...

I just became your 100th follower I found you on Boost My blog friday, drop in and check out my blog if you get the chance and have an awesome weekend!
kittycrochettwo.blogspot.com

Tracy said...

Hi Brenda! Thanks for helping me reach another blog milestone by becoming my 100th follower! I just visited your blog and sent you an email. I am your newest follower and I like your Shabby Blog blog. Mine is a Shabby Blog background/buttons too :)
I hope to hear from you soon!

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