Presenting clear “Family Rules” or “Class Rules” (for teachers of Baha’i Preschool Classes) can be helpful in setting up expectations and encouraging appropriate behavior.
Making sure rules are clear, concise, and focused on the positive aspects of behavior is important.
This is one option of a set of rules, entitled “3 Rules for Unity.”
1. Kindly Tongue (what comes out of your mouth)
- Use kind words
- Use a kind and appropriate voice
- Tell the truth
- Practice tactfulness
2. Gentle Hands (what you touch)
- Use gentle movements
- Use gentle touching
- Be considerate of others’ space
3. Respect the Environment (what is around you)
- Take care of the things around you
- Take care of the place you are in
- Take care of the outdoors
- Make choices that consider the earth’s resources
When a child is not obeying the rules, a simple “Let’s use gentle hands” will call their attention back to how they are expected to behave and give you a tool for explaining what virtue was missing in their behavior.
A simplified version of the rules above is available for you to download below.
[box type=”download”] Download the 3 Rules for Unity.[/box]
The document can also be printed out two per page, to make a neat little poster which can be hung up for easy referral. You may even like to laminate it and glue on a magnet so it can stick it on the fridge.
If you would like your child to illustrate their own picture for each rule, download this version which is Microsoft Word version you can also edit yourself.
How do rules work in your family/class?