Cafeteria: Picture Rule Cards
How to Use Picture Rule Cards in the Cafeteria
The right hemisphere of the brain is in charge of self-regulation. Because the right hemisphere processes information in images, it is important to show children visual images of what acceptable behaviors look like. Shubert’s Picture Rule Cards provide specific images of what children can do to be successful in meeting behavioral expectations.
Each rule in Shubert’s Picture Rule Cards consists of an image of a hurtful behavior and two images of helpful choices. This provides children with a clear “no,” plus two choices for positive behaviors that will maintain their commitment to safety. You may utilize the Shubert set or make your own by photographing or illustrating two acceptable choices and one “no” choice for each cafeteria rile. Post your Picture Rule Cards around the cafeteria near the locations where they will be used.
For more information about visual rules, see Chapter 6 of the Creating the School Family book and Chapter 4 of the NEW Conscious Discipline Expanded & Updated book. Music that supports picture rules includes “I Gotta Go” on Brain Boogie Boosters.