Has anyone else had enough with tattling? I know this issue seems to pop up every year, but this particular class of kinders is full of tattlers. I have been doing everything I can to discourage tattling, but it just isn't working. So...I just bought two new books about tattling that will hopefully help me out.
A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue. It is about a little boy who tattles so much that his mom tells him he will catch "tattle tongue" and his tongue will turn yellow with purple spots if he keeps it up. Thankfully, after a visit from the Tattle Prince, the boy is able to learn the rules about tattling and get his behavior under control. Even if parts of the books seem a little silly, I think the kids will really like this. There are lots of examples of tattling in the book that make it clear when it is okay to tell the teacher and when it is just tattling. I think I might copy this book's tattling rules onto poster board and implement them with my class!
The second book I found about tattling is called Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal: A Tale of Tattletales. It's about a classroom of little pigs and their teacher who has had enough with their "squealing" - I can totally relate. The teacher eventually teaches the class the difference between when something is a "big deal" and it is okay to come to her and when something is a "kid-sized problem" that the kids can work out themselves. I think after reading this book to my kiddos I might have them work with me to create a list of "big deals" vs. "kid-sized problems" and then we can role play ways to solve the "kid-sized problems."
If you have any other great book recommendations of books that deal with tattling or other classroom behavior issues let me know!