During mat time we have begun discussing kinder room rules. We started with walking feet. The children took it in turns to demonstrate walking feet to the others in the room. In addition to this, we discussed why we use walking feet rather than running feet or jumping feet inside. The children said we could fall over or run into another child and I would add that slowing down in the kinder room makes for a happier environment. Next we discussed how we interact with our friends, with the discussion centring on gentle hands. The children demonstrated gentle hands by lightly patting one of their hands with the other hand. Gentle hands discussion was also coupled with using stop hands and saying “Stop it, I don’t like it”. The process we learn these interactions is first saying, “Stop it, I don’t like it” using stop hands and then progressing to conversations about listening to the response you get from the other person and problem solving that. This takes time and is helped along by turn taking which involves listening and waiting. The most recent room rule we have discussed is the voice we use inside versus the voice we use outside. We called one voice an inside voice and the other an outside voice. The children demonstrated a quieter voice and we talked about how yelling is reserved for outside play. These rules will be practised each session for the term to assist the children in remembering. The children also learn to remind each other when someone forgets a rule.