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West River Head Start staff establish a school family environment which creates a safe, caring classroom that fosters meaningful academics and social learning. Part of building this school family includes each child having a meaningful job, creating rituals, setting classroom commitments, and building connections with each child. The school family promotes and encourages kindness and helpfulness.
Classrooms will practice the Safe Keeper Ritual: My job is to keep you safe. Your job is to help keep it that way! Safety is the core of the classroom.
Verbal abuse or derogatory remarks about the child, his/her family, or their race, religion, culture or economic status will NOT be used or permitted.
Children will learn anger management, helpfulness, assertiveness, impulse control, cooperation, empathy, and problem solving skills.
Breathing techniques will be taught as a way to relax, become calm, regain composure, and maintain control. Star, balloon, drain, and pretzel are some examples.
The Safe Place in the classroom provides an opportunity for children to remove themselves from the group in order to become calm, regain composure, and maintain control when upset, sad, angry or frustrated. Children go to the Safe Place in order to be helpful and not hurtful to themselves and others. There may be breathing techniques posted, family photos, squishy balls, comfort bag, or many other things there to help manage feelings. Time out will not be used.
Conscious Discipline for Parents
The Connected Family creates healthy relationships between parents, between parents and children, between siblings, and between extended family members and the community at large. The Connected Family is fostered through predictable routines, nurturing rituals, and specific Conscious Discipline structures in the home.
In a sea of self-help and parenting books, Conscious Discipline provides a proven and comprehensive approach that will improve both your life and the lives of your children. It empowers you with the self-awareness, brain information, developmental knowledge and useable skills necessary to create safe, connected, problem-solving homes.
Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline is the core Conscious Discipline publication for parents. It is unique from other forms of guidance because it:
With Conscious Discipline, we can learn to discipline differently than we were disciplined, break the cycle of “do as I say, not as I do,” and discipline our children without permissiveness, aggression or guilt.