7 Rules In Kindergarten

“School Rules are meant to guide and mold our Children to become smarter, kinder, more successful independent People.”

I have to look back and thank all my Son’s Teachers for the quality of education they have given him. So much heart, patience and passion.

We all need to look back how we treated our Teachers during this Pandemic. Did we acknowledge their hard work and sacrifice, or were we mean to them because we didn’t get what we want? Were we compassionate to them as they were gentle and understanding to our children when our children were having a bad day?

“Teach our Children to fish and they will learn to be confident, self reliant and be successful for the rest of their lives.”

We need to trust our Teachers. We need to support them in whatever way we can. The future of our children depends on having Great Teachers.

Good Education is everything. Not everyone can afford Private Schools and Private Schools can be overrated. Just me and my Son’s opinion. Yep, my 16-year old is also opinionated. It’s not genetic. It’s the school system preparing him for the Real World beyond the walls of his classroom.

Let me take you back to 2011…

We made it to the first two weeks of Kindergarten class. My son had been very excited about school, meeting his new and old classmates, of learning new things and of car pooling with other kids in our subdivision. He was so into it that he would even wake up his mom to tell her that it’s time for him to take a shower and prepare for school.

Yesterday, we had our first parents meeting. The teacher was really warm and understanding about our kid’s concerns in her class. She was very thorough in her discussions that ranges from the daily schedule, homework and attendance. The one that striked me the most was the topic on discipline. Our son can get overly excited and active in a lot of things. Last year, during the first few weeks of his Pre-K, my wife and I had a temporary episode of stress due to his teacher’s remark on his behaviour.

A Fortress made of reading cards.

I can still clearly remember how upset and embarrassed my wife was when the teacher handed my son to her and told her, ” your son has issues.” In her mind she told herself, ” what issues?” There was no way to discuss what it was all about in front of the other parents. We had so many questions that weekend that left us feeling helpless.

To end our fears and undue anxiety, we scheduled the earliest parents conference that we could get. It turned out that the teacher is working closely with our son and that she understood the adjustments he’s going through. She also raised an only child. We felt a sudden relief. It was a simple case of misunderstanding. We did follow her recommended advises by heart. Everyday we would go over with our son the school rules and their consequences. We also made it a point to let him know that we love him and care about his well-being. That we want him to grow up respecting the rules and the people around him.

A rocket ready to blast off.
My son learned about the planets and the solar system in school. The next day, the solar system found its way on my patio door.

In the end, our persistence and consistency paid off. Our son improved tremendously. He attended an 18 day Summer class this year and not a single “bad day” remark on his conduct sheet. We were so proud and happy for him. He always gets a compliment, a hug, a kiss and a special treat when he finishes a 7 day of straight “good days.” His teacher said that he is such a joy to be with and that his classmates are fond of him.

The 7 golden rules are the following:

1. Listen when others are talking.

2. Follow directions.

3. Work quietly and do not disturb others.

4. Show respect for school and personal property.

5. Keep hands, feet and objects to self.

6. Work and play in a safe manner.

7. No running in the hallway.

Math seems like a breeze for my son but reading needs more tutoring. I enjoy his enthusiasm to learn. Every night, he picks up a story book and say, “Dad, time to read me a book before I go to sleep.” Love for reading starts at home. My son lights up every time I tell him we are going to his favorite library. Same excitement when I tell him we are going to Lego Store.

These rules are a challenge when you’re talking about 22-23 active kids cramped inside a small class room.

You might be asking, ” how in the world is she going to manage all of them?” Well, each teacher has her own effective way to make sure that the kids follow the rules and still got to enjoy their school experiences.

One effective  tool is “stamp in the folder.” Each child is given four cards of various colors inside a paper holder. For each rule that gets broken, the student pulls out a card. Each card that is pulled out has a corresponding consequence.

Consequences:

1.  A pulled out green card means no stamp in the folder at the end of the day.

2. A pulled out orange card means 5 minutes time-out.

3. A pulled out blue card means 10 minutes time-out.

4. A pulled out yellow card means a phone call to the parents. Now, this one I dread the most. It’s one consequence that motivates me to work religiously with my son even if it  involves a lot of time and energy.

A sailboat made of recycled paper.

At the end of the day, the kids get an inspiring praise and compliment as well as a “happy face” stamp to tell them that they were so behaved that day. On the seventh consecutive “good day,” the student gets to go to the treasure chest and picks his surprise present or reward. This is one incentive my son looks forward each week. Every time I pick up my son after school, he hurriedly pulls out his precious treasure inside his back pack and tells me excitedly, “Look dad, a toy for my good days.” One time, he was jumping with joy because he got a Bakugan toy which he was trying to collect. My heart melts every time I see him this happy. Who wouldn’t be?

A scene from his graduation play, ” The Three Little Pigs.” It teaches our little one’s the “bad wolf” in this world. At the end of the play, emphasis is given to “Don’t talk to strangers” and other pointers to avoid “bad wolves” out there. A less scary way for kids to understand the “reality” around them.
Kindergarten is just the beginning of the most amazing adventures and journey we will make with our children. Cherish, celebrate and always treasure each and every moment.

As much as Pre-K and Kindergarten is about learning, of play and interaction with peers, it is also about molding our children to be responsible and respectful citizens that cares about others. A lesson in life that will prove invaluable when our kids grow up.

Some “good days” we celebrate by making a homemade cake. This one we decorated with a cut out drawing of our family that my son made including his imaginary dog.

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6 Responses to 7 Rules In Kindergarten

  1. It’s always good to celebrate the good days and to try to learn from the bad ones. I can’t imagine how tough it has been for teachers, parents, and children during this pandemic who have had to find new ways to learn and adapt.

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    • Yes, the pandemic was truly challenging. Personally, my son enjoyed online schooling and it’s convenience, but he is having fun with in person too. Socializing is very important as part of young minds maturity .

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  2. Thank you for being supportive of teachers and the important work they do with children. Any educator would be grateful to have supportive parents like you and your wife. For what it’s worth, the Pre-K teacher who told your wife, in front of others, that your son had “issues” was out of line. She should have spoken to the two of you privately and explained in professional terms what issues she was referring to. God Bless!

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    • I agree, she was out of line, may be she was having a bad day herself. Over all, I only have praise and gratitude to his teachers and all our teachers. If not for a good education I wouldn’t be a good nurse. If my son did not learn how to deal with math early on, we don’t have a choice but to get a tutor as wife and I not really good with math. For our children to be self reliant and aiming for being at their best, we know we provided them the right staring educational foundations. Thanks.

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