Children are an extensive component of a community; they need to understand how they are integrated into their community as well as the specific role they play. Children should be exposed to the function and operation of their school and community. Children need to know that they have rights and privileges as well as adults. Children have the right to learn, they have the right to be safe in school and at home, and they have the right to hold their own individual beliefs.
Children should know how their school operates and the types of jobs it entails for it to run efficiently. Talk to the principal, janitor, secretary, librarian, teachers, and other integral members of the school. Allow the students to discover what they do and the responsibility they have. Above all, talk to the students about what their job is and the responsibility they have as students.
After they learn about how their school functions, move out into the community, starting with crossing guards, bus drivers, police officers, etc. Discuss how these people have the position of keeping others safe and enforcing the rules. Also, make sure students understand their responsibility of following rules to ensure the safety of others, as well as themselves.
Rules come in many shapes and sizes. Rules help keep people safe and systems running smoothly. Without rules there would be no direction or structure and people and the environment would become chaotic. Every broken rule has a consequence, but if rules are obeyed, they become a source of happiness and contentment.
Some rule making in the classroom is necessary in order to have a structured and secure environment, but it is not intended that law-related education should increase rule making or detract from the spontaneity. A relaxed atmosphere in which young children are able to thrive and develop is the healthiest and strongest.
When teaching students about rules, keep their interests in mind as well as the school and district policies.
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