April 4 post - Welcome back from Spring break!

Dear CCP Family,

    How nice to be back together with our preschool family this week! I hope you all enjoyed your spring break. Can you believe there are only two months left in this school year?

PRESCHOOL SUNDAY - Mark your calendar! - CCP will be recognized and celebrated at the 9:45 Christ Church worship service on Sunday, April 28. We would love for all our preschool families to attend! Our Whales, Ducks, and Ladybugs will sing at the start of the service with their music teacher, Ms. Rebecca. Childcare/nursery is provided for younger children. ALL are welcome at Christ Church!

SMILE! IT’S PICTURE DAY! - Photo Specialties will take individual and class photos outdoors on the following days:

  • Tuesday, April 9 - Whales, TTH Ladybugs, TTH Frogs

  • Wednesday, April 10 - Ducks, MWF Ladybugs, MW Frogs

If you want a sibling or parent/child photo, please come around 8:45 and the photographers will be happy to work with you. They are usually out front under the bell tower.

SHARE YOUR BOOKS - Are your book cases at home overflowing?? CCP will collect gently used books for Anchor Church in Wilmington. The church will pass these books out to children at the children’s street fair. Look for a bin in the hallway next week.

GOOD FRIDAY - Looking ahead - CCP will be closed on Good Friday, April 19.

     TAKE A BREATH! - You've probably heard the CCP teachers and children talk about breathing or being a S.T.A.R. (Smile, Take a deep breath And Relax) We do a lot of deep breathing at preschool! Because of the constant pressure of stress in our lives, many of us do not breathe naturally.  We tend to take quick, shallow breaths from the top of our chests.  As a result our brains do not get enough oxygen to function optimally.  This makes us tense, irritable, and reduces our ability to think clearly. (Conscious Discipline, p. 105)

This is why we teach the children to breathe deeply and often to keep their brains alert, yet calm.  We also want the children to develop the habit of taking deep, calming breaths when they feel upset.  This gives them a strategy to use to re-gain control.  When you become aware of your upset and you know a strategy to help calm yourself, that's powerful!

     In Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline (p. 15), Dr. Bailey tells us, "If you try to direct a child's behavior through fear and manipulation, he will learn to use the same strategies - on you."  Would you like to learn a better way?  Then please visit www.consciousdiscipline.com or ask Debbie to borrow the book or the DVD's.

I wish you well,

Debbie