We’ve had a little epidemic of hitting with my lovelies. One boy does it “because he was in my way” but really it’s because he’s got sensory issues and can’t handle it when kids are too close to him. Which is all the time in our tiny classroom! One girl does it because she has as-yet-unidentified special needs and is extremely impulsive. So now some of the other kids are hitting and pushing, too.
I’m trying desperately to teach everyone what to do if you bump into or hurt someone by accident:
I came up with these three phrases to deal with all the kids who got hurt and got angry, but couldn’t see that it wasn’t on purpose. Most of my kids don’t know what “by accident” and “on purpose” even mean. So this is what we learn to say to make people feel better. It works once they learn it, but now I’m in the stage of having to teach and reteach it each day.