CCP - January is here and how to be a S.T.A.R. (Jan. 10 post)

Hi CCP Family,

    I know you are happy to have your children back at preschool and in a routine again after the holidays! When families are all together and out of our routines for an extended time, sometimes our “buttons” get pushed. Remember, Dr. Bailey reminds us in Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline (p. 22) that “Children learn self-discipline in 3 stages: 1) They find the limits by experimenting. 2) They retest their findings by repeatedly doing what they were told not to (including teasing/provoking & pushing your buttons) to see if the limit is firm. 3) If the limit proves firm, they internalize it.” So, know that your children are just doing their jobs when they test your limits. Keep the limits firm so the children can internalize them.

     Please remember that 2019-20 preschool applications for currently-enrolled families are due by Friday, Jan. 18.  If you are unable to print the application from the website, please pick up a paper copy in the folder outside my office.  Thanks!  

     IMPORTANT blog post reminder:  To respond to your teacher on the emailed blog, you must click the link at the top where it says "To reply to Ms. ____, click here."  Unfortunately, the way it is set up, if you just click "reply," your message actually comes to me.  Of course, I will try to forward your message, but it may not be as timely. Thanks!

     Please remember that preschool is closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. day on Monday, January 21.  (Preschool Board members, our Jan. meeting is scheduled for Jan. 14 since the 21st is a holiday.)

There is also a blood drive in Ascension Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Ladybugs, your lunch bunch begins on Wed or Thurs, Jan. 16 & 17! Ms. Sarah and Ms. Amber put a letter in your cubbies explaining what to bring for lunch. Thank you for being aware of our children with allergies and keeping everyone safe when packing your child’s lunch! Pick up on lunch days is 1:00.

     As you know, we do a lot of "intentional breathing" at preschool.  Often we call it being a S.T.A.R. (Smile, Take a deep breath And Relax.) Conscious Discipline tells us "Consciously breathing releases toxins from the body, improves the immune system, balances the nervous system, turns off the stress response, facilitates weight loss, helps release unhealthy memories and stifled emotions, and integrates our brain to engage the higher centers for optimal functioning."   (Feeling Buddies Curriculum, p. 70)  So anytime you feel stressed, remember to be a S.T.A.R!  Three slow, deep "belly breaths" can really help calm you and reset your system.  If your child is too upset in the moment to breathe, then you breathe for them.  Even just holding them close to you and breathing deeply can "download" your calm to them and help them move to the higher centers of the brain.  (Just make sure that you are calm and conscious first!)

I wish you well,