A place in your classroom and/or home, that you have prepared to look inviting; perhaps a couple of cushions and a vase with a “talking stick” or Peace Rose on a small table.
I am a firm believer in the Peace Corner as a tool to keep a balance in conflicts of emotion rather than the discipline of a “time out” because:
1) It encourages communication.
2) Each person has their say in the safety and security of the Peace Corner.
3) Each person is listened to with respect.
4) Issues are resolved independently and with unanimous agreement.
5) Resentment is kept at bay.
6) An empathy is developed and practiced.
7) Patience is developed.
When introducing the children to the Peace Corner I do not make a lesson of it, or an activity of it, I try to model it.
In observing the children I see an inappropriate behavior I ask the child to join me in the Peace Corner, invite them to sit down and I do too. Then we discuss the issue and try to create a plan to resolve it. This is where the “talking stick” or Peace Rose comes in, whoever has the stick/rose does the talking and the other person has to listen without interrupting. (quite a skill learned here!)
In observing children having issues with each other I ask them if they could please go to the Peace Corner and discuss it, and that if they need my help to let me know. I give them time to resolve things themselves. If they ask for my help, or cannot work it out together, of course, I mediate.
Soon enough you will find that the children will make use of the Peace Corner themselves and if an issue arises an invitation to chat about it in the Peace Corner will be the first reaction they will have, before coming to you to sort it out.
If you are not in the classroom, or you are somewhere where there is no physical Peace Corner, you can have with you a symbol of the Peace Corner, for example the Peace Rose. Take this with you to the play ground, or wherever you are going, and show the children where it is so they can use it should they need to.
The Peace Corner creates a way to keep peace and harmony in your classroom, and/or your home.
With the skills learned in a Peace Corner a child will go out into the world with security and independence as well as the skills to problem solve in a kind and empathetic way.
Please share you Peace Corner stories here…..