I found several good ideas on sugardoodle.net and thought I would share what I did for my class. I loved an idea from Maria Eckersley / http://www.meckmom.com/ and started the badge system with my class. After sacrament meeting primary stays in the chapel for opening exercises. I gave each of the children a badge and told them how much fun we are going to have this year. The goal is for them to keep their badges for the full 2 hour block. They keep their badges by participating in sharing time and class by keeping our class rules. When I spot them breaking a rule, we will give a quick warning. If they continue, they have to give me their badge. They can earn it back as soon as they show me they can keep the rules again without reminders. At the end of class, the children that still have a badge will receive points for a class party.
Our class rules are: Keep your hands to yourself, If you want to talk, you must raise your hand, we are not monkeys but ladies and gentlemen and I expect them to sit correctly in their chairs. So far, these are the only rules we have talked about.
Link to badges here: (at the bottom of her post is the link to download the badges) On the back of the badges are feet (she used stars on hers) I used feet because I already had these stickers and felt it represented us following in Jesus' footsteps by choosing the right. The footsteps have numbers on them to help us manage volunteers as well. When we need someone to hold a picture, answer a question or say a prayer, we simply call out a number. the children flip over their badges and check to see if they're my secret helper.
There was another idea I loved on sugardoodle too from Nanci Jarman: Every week we will post a picture of the Savior on the outside of our classroom door. Before I let the children into the classroom, I ask them to enter one at a time, reverently, and then the LAST in line gets to "invite" the Savior into our classroom to join us. Then we tape the picture up on the wall where the Savior can see us. We hope this will help the children feel special that they got to invite the Savior to be in our class and to help keep reverence and the spirit into our classroom. I also made each child a binder as they attend this special class all year long. I told them it was very important that they learn as much as they can as they prepare to get baptised this year. We would treat this as a class and have a binder to help them remember everything we teach them. The front of the binder - Jesus with children picture - and I will Choose the Right.