The Bean Jar
The Bean Jar is a simple positive behavior support system that has been shared with many Fall River families over the years. Here is how it works.
Supplies: A simple glass jar, a bag of dried beans. (Actually any small uniform object will work for currency, like marbles, jelly beans, coffee beans, erasers, pebbles...).
Step 1: Clearly define the specific behavior you’d like your child to work on. Rather than telling your child to “be good”, try describing the specific behavior you will reward. For example, if you’d like your child to work on being a “first-time listener”, this means that as soon as the child hears mom make a request, the child does it right away without arguing, complaining, or having to be asked again. It works best if you focus on 1-2 specific behaviors at a time.
Step 2: Work hard to try to “catch your child being good”! If you are looking for “first-time listeners”, as soon as your child meets the defined expectation, you drop a bean in the jar.
Step 3: Make a list of fun rewards your child can earn, and the amount of beans needed to do each activity. We recommend the child earns quality family or time spent with a special adult rather than material rewards.
If you have questions, please contact Susan Julien, the school counselor. firstname.lastname@example.org