To prepare the “School Rules Are…?” Key Ring Cards, cut out the cards along the doted lines before laminating them. Leave at least ½ inch between each card as you put them in the laminating pouches, so when you cut them there is about ¼ inch of lamination on all sides. Punch a hole in the corner of each card where indicated, and put them in order on a 1-inch loose-leaf ring, or book-ring. Use the Key Ring Cards at home to teach the school rules, and review them daily, or however often you feel would be helpful for your child. Also show the “School Rules Are…?” book and Key Ring Cards to your child’s teacher, and ask him/her to use the same set of rules at school.
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To make it easy for the teacher to compliment or remind your child of a rule during class time, cut out and laminate a couple of task strips for him/her. The teacher can tape one to your child’s desk, and carry a spare one with him/her for the times your child is not in the classroom. The teacher can simply point to a picture on the task strip to praise your child for good behavior, or if necessary, remind your child of a rule along with a brief verbal instruction. For example, if your child is listening well in class, the teacher can point to the corresponding picture and say, “Good Ears! You’re listening very well!” Or before transitioning out of the classroom, he/she can point to the corresponding picture and say, “Remember, Good Feet!”
Ask your child’s teacher to post this mini-poster at the front of the class, to review with your child (and the class) as a visual reminder of the school rules.
Manners Are…? Book Tools
You can print and laminate this “Good Manners Chart” and fill in the blanks with additional manners you would like to focus on with your child. Once your child has filled up his/her chart with stickers, you can reward your child with a “Good Manners Certificate.”
Offering a “Good Manners Certificate” to your child after he/she has filled up the “Good Manners Chart” with stickers is a great incentive and visual way to reinforce the manners he/she has focused on and mastered over a period of time.
Friends Are…? Book Tools
To help your child make progress in fostering friendships, print the “Fantastic Friendship Rules Checklist” and pick one or two topics to focus on for awhile. Once your child shows progress in these areas, sit down and fill out the checklist together. Your child will be able to see his/her progress while checking off the boxes and filling in the blanks. Remember to celebrate small victories and progress as they occur.