dry erase workbook: this was great! the kids stayed quiet for a long stretch (until they started fighting over markers) and i found I.B. some large letters that he loves tracing. we used washable markers that just wiped off with a damp cloth. we don't use regular dry erase markers in our house anymore because they stain clothes and hands and arms and bellies . . .
Simple discipline technique - being positive! I used to give time-out after time-out and this is more effective for my 6-year-old. I count 1-2-3 before moving his name down to give him a chance to correct. And an end-of-day reward is great incentive to stay in the 'Happy zone'.