would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.”
~Henry van Dyke
“Neener-Neener” seems to be the universal sound for teasing in early childhood education. Teasing isn’t allowed in the preschool environment I teach in. As far as I am concerned it’s right up there with a safety hazard (i.e. hitting, throwing, biting, etc.).
Teasing simply doesn’t allow anyone to feel safe or comfortable to be themselves.
What I love is that the children really 'know' the difference between encouragement and teasing. They have become troubleshooters and I often hear conversations regarding encouragement….or encouraging others.
“Good job, Jackie, you did it!” (Clapping)
“Hey, be nice…he is still learning and you can clap or help him, Tommy!”
“Who want's to give me a Hi-Five? I tied my shoe…kind-a-sort-a!”