Happy May! (May 2 post)

Hello CCP Families,

         Our year is too quickly coming to a close.  It has been our honor and pleasure to teach and care for your precious children.  Thank you for trusting us with this awesome responsibility.  Make sure that you are checking your class calendar so you will know when to attend end-of-year events.

         Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the lovely surprise celebration on Sunday! The children sang beautifully and I sincerely appreciated your presence in worship. I am so grateful for each of you!

Mooooving towards summer! It’s time for a preschool community dinner at Chick-fil-a in University Place (Mall). Drop by from 5:00-7:00 on Tuesday May 14. It will be a time to meet and eat with friends as we wrap up the school year. Details are in your cubbies.

         Please remember that the children are outside for 30-45 minutes each day.  Now that it is hot and sunny, you may want to apply sunscreen in the morning before coming to preschool.

        We still have a few viruses going around.  Thank you for keeping your children home when they are sick.  Other parents sincerely appreciate that!

        There are only 3 weeks of preschool left!  As someone told me many years ago, before my wedding, "Slow down and pay attention....you're going to want to remember this."  Enjoy these last few weeks and all the celebrations that will take place.

         From Dr. Bailey's Creating the School Family (p. 38) - If a child in a reward and punishment classroom shoves another student in line, he might lose points, miss recess or lose a trip to the treasure box.  In a Conscious Discipline School Family, the teacher would coach the victim to say, "I don't like it when you shove.  Please walk behind me in line." Then the teacher would coach the shover by saying, "You wanted him to walk faster.  You may not shove.  When you want him to go faster, say 'Please move up closer to the others in line.'"  At CCP,  we believe in the importance of teaching children that their words have power.  If you learn that you can get your needs met with your words (an assertive voice,) then physical communication, like pushing and shoving, will eventually disappear.

         I will leave you with some more words from Dr. Bailey..... "Children are not born knowing how to handle emotions, so they often rely on unproductive strategies.  Children will attempt to get you to feel the way they are feeling.  If you feel frustrated, chances are the child feels that way, too."  from Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline p.179

I wish you well,

Debbie