When I first began teaching at the age of 19, I had one major rule for my students: No tapping until Ms. Kay says too. I was a 19 year old in a class of 25 two to five years old dancers in ballet and tap shoes. Ballet was easy enough but the Tap class was monstrous when they all came into class eager to make noise. That was my first lesson in making sure you had set rules for your students.
Years later I worked for a mobile dance studio and my list of rules had grown. Along with a growing list, I learned that making my kids recite the rules every week helped me to keep them on task. I love teaching little people. They are so cute and funny but they can also be a handful and a pain in the butt. Now that I am homeschooling after over twenty years of Dance and Piano teaching experience, you would think that teaching my own child academics and the arts would be a breeze. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha oh don’t I wish.
Now don’t get me wrong, teaching Harmonie is not nearly as hard as I thought it would be when we first started but it does have it’s challenges. My child is that rare breed, for a bask array of reasons, that wants everything perfect, can’t stand to make mistakes and has a fit if you try to help her because in her head it means she made a mistake. So in being her mother and her teacher I have to figure out ways to work with her without wanting to tear my hair out and hers. 😉 Every good teacher knows that it is important to know how all their students learn. This is crucial to your success as a teacher.
In saying that, every good teacher knows that there needs to be rules that every student should follow. Now I am one of the lucky moms that only has one child to home school at the moment. There are other moms out there that have upwards of 6-10 kids to educate every single day. That is a lot of joyous work. Rules have to be set in place in order to actually get work done. Without class rules how could you keep all of those kids in line? It has taken me six months to remember the one simple rule of having rules. I have created a list of class rules and posted them in our dining room where we do our schoolwork. I have Harmonie recite them every morning before we start like I have her recite the Serenity Prayer. We started out with ten rules but we have added two more.
Some of our rules are the typical, use an inside voice and follow all rules given but most of our rules are unconventional. Here is our list of rules for your inspiration:
1. Say the prayer first
2. Speak with respect
3. Behave with respect
4. Ask for help
5. Always do your best work
6. Finish assignments in a timely manner
7. Be proud of your work
8. Be courteous to yourself
9. Be courteous to mom
10. Be more like Jesus
11. Follow all rules given
12. Only use inside voice
I have a feeling we will probably find more things to add but these rules convey the type of people we want to be and the type of school day we want to have. It is important to me that our rules are not just rules but inspirational. I want our rules to inspire us to be the best we can be and to see ourselves in the best light possible. Self esteem building is the number one goal in our homeschooling day.
What are your class rules? Do you have class rules? Can you think of any rules that I may have missed? Let’s talk about it.