Health & Medical Parenting

How to Explain the Purpose of Rules & Laws & Why They Are Important in the Home & Classr

    • 1). Conduct role plays in the classroom in which students enact situations such as being at an intersection without traffic signals, or people not following the queue system. Ask them for feedback on what they observed during the activity. Draw attention to the chaos that results when there are no rules. Also point out the danger of people being hurt in such situations.

    • 2). Ask students to list a few rules their parents lay down at home. Get them to give reasons for why their parents may be saying so. For example, if a child says her mother has strict bedtime rules and doesn't allow her to stay up to watch television, ask her to come up with reasons why she feels this is wrong. After she finishes presenting her point of view, ask her to think about reasons why her mother may be right. Present a comparison of the consequences of following and not following the bedtime rules.

    • 3). Announce to the class that for five minutes, everyone can do anything they feel like doing, such as talking loudly, singing or moving around the classroom, even as you continue teaching and instructing the students. Run the activity for five minutes and then ask the children to settle down quietly as usual, and continue with your lesson. After about five minutes of this, ask students for feedback about what they experienced when there was no restraint on their behavior, and contrast this with their experience when the classroom was orderly.

    • 4). Hold a classroom discussion in which all students share stories about the times when they did something good for someone. Give a few pointers to help them understand the sort of examples you expect, such as being friendly to a new classmate or helping an elderly person cross the road. Follow this with a sharing of experiences of when they were unpleasant to someone. Have students discuss how they felt in each of these situations, and which behavior helped them generate positive feelings in themselves as well as others.

    • 5). Give examples of unlawful behavior, such as driving over the speed limit, not paying bills on time, robbery and physical violence. Ask students to say if this behavior is right or wrong, and to justify their statement. Explain how rules and laws are important for the safety of all people, to have a systematic way of functioning and getting along with our fellow beings.

    • 6). Arrange a classroom visit by a member of a law enforcement agency or local government official. Get the official to explain the job he performs and why it is important. After this person finishes his address, give students an opportunity to ask questions and interact with him. This activity helps children learn about practical applications of rules and laws.

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