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Discipline with private 4 and 6 year old students

 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 2:16 pm    Post subject: Discipline with private 4 and 6 year old students Reply with quote

I have two private students that I am teaching.

One is 4 years old. Her mother really wants her to speak English as much as possible, but when I tell her to repeat something she never listens. The only way I can get her to repeat is by not doing things I want her to do (I use puppets that she likes to order around) unless she gives the commands in English. The other way I can get her to talk is through iPad games that force her to talk into them or through using a recorder that she talks into.

My question is should I start disciplining her with time outs during our hour and a half lesson if she doesn't listen to me when I tell her to repeat something? Does anyone else use time outs during private tutoring?

The other option I'm considering is a sticker chart where if she gets twenty stickers she gets a present. Does anyone use these approaches?

Sometimes I feel I am a bit too soft with them. They are both learning, but sometimes, for example, I will ask them to do something and they will just say "No" and I will let it slide and move on to something else.

My other question is how fast can this girl learn English at two lessons a week for an hour and a half? So far she's learned around 150 words including 28 verbs over the course of five and a half months. Do you think this is enough time per week or does she need more lessons?
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