There are some great tools out there when it comes to positively reinforcing children for good behavior, getting correct answers for homework assignments etc. I remember when I was in elementary school my teachers used to decorate my papers with cute little stickers for getting a perfect score on my spelling tests or getting a sticker when doing well for the nurse at the doctors. Well I work with preschoolers and toddlers and I often see a cute sticker on their shirt, but the downfall on these cute stickers is they are easily lost and lose their stick. Often when my students are singing and playing music I find their sticker sticking to the floor or having to take time to look for a sticker in the middle of instrument playing. And these are usually stickers they received in class or from home. I used to give my students a sticker after each music class, but this is also time consuming. Why do you say “time consuming”? Well sometimes there would be too many choices and it would take forever for some of the students to pick one.
Also I was told by teachers that students would get upset when they lost their sticker in class.
I used to do a lot of scrapbooking and I invested in a lot of stamps and ink. I unfortunately don’t have a lot of time to scrapbook (maybe I will pick it up again, I have a lot of scrapbooking material). So I started to use stamps on those little hands. It is quick, everyone receives the same stamp, and they don’t get lost! Of course the stamp eventually has to be washed off but at least the stamp is a reminder that they went to music today. It is also a great way to let parents know that they had music class. I could only
imagine seeing their little smiling faces, showing mom or dad their stamp and saying “I had music today”. So in other ways I think the stamp is not only because I think they behaved in music class today but that it is a reminder that they had an opportunity to make music with their friends.