Golden Rules 1: We are gentle

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By Jenny Mosleyfounder of the Whole-School Quality Circle Time Consultancy

These books are based on activities taken from The Handbook of Golden Rules and The Golden Rules Story Set

In the opening article of our six-part series, Jenny Mosley shows you how to teach the first golden rule

Child Education January -  Golden Rules

This is the first in a series of six articles designed to show how learning the golden rules can be a joyful experience for very young children.

We all want our settings to be warm and nurturing places where everyone feels secure. Indeed, we know that none of us can thrive or develop if we fear that others around us are reckless, rough or intimidating. This is why it is so important that we mentor a spirit of gentleness in everything we do.

The spirit of gentleness starts with you. You communicate with your hands, your words, your eyes. You enrich it by moving softly and lightly; by speaking warmly and using nurturing words; by smiling and being comforting. When you embody the spirit of gentleness, your children will copy you and be gentle too. You can also draw their attention to the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of gentleness by engaging them in activities that teach the spirit of gentleness in enjoyable and memorable ways. Here are some for you to try.

Alfred the alligator needs you now

You will need: a puppet or fluffy toy with some parts of it bandaged. (We are using Alfred the alligator.)

What to do

Keep Alfred hidden but nearby. Tell the story of how Alfred had an accident and needs bandages. Then read out then following script:

Alfred is missing you all and he wants to come in and see you. Shall we say that it is okay for him to come?

(Let the children answer.)

How will we need to behave when Alfred comes to see us?

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