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Specialist literature: Ulrike Leubner – Regulating rules with children
Rules are important helpers in the social interaction of a crèche, a kindergarten or a primary school. But who creates them? The educators? The children? Together? How are rules made visible? How is the Dealing with them? What happens when rules are broken?
Living together in a group works with a good mix of rules, freedom, consideration, empathy, communication. It is a constant negotiation, conditional through the Individuals in the group or in kindergarten or after-school care also through the parents’ expectations of the educational staff, through the upbringing in the family, through the experience and pedagogical talent of the educators and ultimately also through the current social opinion, as with children in the facilities are to be dealt with.
The need for rules is not contested this year in daycare centers and after-school centers, but is seen as an important framework for the children’s group community. The fact that children should participate in the creation of rules is also not a (theoretical) discussion. However, in what form, to what extent there is intense debate and disputes. Ulrike Leubner, educator and specialist advisor in Saxony, devotes herself intensively to this topic in her specialist book "Regulate rules with children", published by Edition Claus in 2017.
Leubner would like to give a practical handout for educators in day-care centers (kindergarten, crèche, also day-parents) to educators in primary school on this controversial topic. In a large number of one- to two-page chapters, she concentrates on the topic. First, she discusses what rules are, why they are necessary for the community. Then it’s time to get down to business, with Leubner remaining beneficial to the practical, with many case studies drawing from her educational work and specialist advice. So she stays not only clear in their statements, but also counteracts some doubts. She is not afraid of very controversial issues. Then she asks about real participation of the children. Who should set up the rules? Can children set rules themselves? In which extensive? Who sanctioned? What do the sanctions look like? What is the difference between rules and prohibition? How do rules in the crèche differ from those in kindergarten, after-school care or in the family? When and to what extent is failure or personal experience allowed? How do educators with anger go about breaking the rule??
Leubner always has an eye on the child as an individual, who has his personality and must have experience. At the same time, she by no means loses sight of the community (other children from the group, entire kindergarten, educators). The basis of their statements can be found in the attachment theory, in the need orientation as well as in the mental and spiritual development of the children. The focus is on participation as an opportunity to experience. She does not neglect duties and sanctions, because rules are not one-sided.
The great strength of the book is its practical relevance. There are cases such as bobby car driving for toddlers (such as rules to avoid accidents), dealing with spelling mistakes in rules set up by children in the after-school care center, dressing rules in the crèche, anger room, open concept in the daycare center and rules, order in the cloakroom or in front of function rooms etc. Word and picture (!) Shown. Sometimes she creates a change of perspective, at least thinking about rules and introducing rules while reading. At least the latter is the cornerstone for reflection.
The clear book, the practical knowledge, the many years of experience, the many photos of the case studies, the attentiveness to the child, the clear position on the rules for a good coexistence in the group of children, the affirmation of self-experience make the specialist book "Regulate rules with children" to a real treasure trove of suggestions, support for modern educators. From this book, educators (including teachers) can draw a lot for their work. Even if not every idea can be adopted, for example due to the personnel framework, it triggers the discussion within the team, for example. And then sometimes a door opens in a perilous situation. This book is a valuable asset for every kindergarten, every after-school care center!
Ulrike Leubner – Regulating rules with children
Edition Claus, Limbach-Oberfrohna 2017
Features: 66 pages, paperback
Price: € 9.95
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