Yesterday, I posted about the idea behind our yearly home visits. Today, I wanted to share some materials I have created for students/parents to use at home.
First off, some behavior resources. I have given parents a copy of this "Good behavior" and "Bad behavior" list we keep posted in our classroom.
If timeout is successful in reducing an attention maintained behavior at school, then I will give the parents some time out visuals. I may give them a visual they can post on the wall for a designated time out space, or just a picture to carry with them in the purse (in case they need it in the community). I also LOVE this 3 strikes visual my coworker came up with! After each time a child engages in the behavior, a strip is removed from the visual. When all three strips are removed, the student receives time out.
Another common visual I give to parents is an "I am working for" card. These can vary in how they look. Some are token systems (like the one pictured below) while others are more like a "First-Then" set-up. For the token card, students receive stars as they engage in positive behaviors (doing work or chores, staying quiet, keeping hands to themselves, etc). Once they receive 5 stars, they receive a reward of their choosing (at home this could be TV, video games, snack, etc.). I make parents pictures of each childs' preferred items to velcro onto the "I am working for" card.
Another area I like to focus on during the home visits is chores/housework the child can do at home to help out the family. I created a "chore list" for parents to choose from (I have adapted this for individual students as well).
To go with some of the chores, I have also created some visuals. For instance for laundry, I have created labels for sorting laundry (color clothes vs. white clothes). Parents can put these labels on two different laundry baskets/hampers, or they can just throw them on the floor and have the child sort clothes that way.
I also have created clothes labels to go on drawers or in closets so that my students can help with putting away their laundry or finding clothes to get themselves dressed in the morning.
Some other supports I have created have to do with creating routines in the home. I created a "dinner choice board" to aid students in communicating to their parents what they would like to eat at home.
A shower routine to help remind kids to wash all the major body parts.
A weather board to help with anxiety around cloudy/rainy weather.
A brief schedule of "getting a haircut" for a student who struggled with behavior at the barbershop.
It's nice to have these to draw from and adapt for each child in my classroom. After posting about this, I am starting to get super excited about these home visits. Tomorrow, my goal is to make the materials parents are requesting (bring on the laminator!).