As you know conscious discipline is the cornerstone of all we do at Bright Beginnings . I felt really great the other in a 1st grade classroom when a child was having a rough time and a helper said ” those two littles there were at Ms Debbies and they know conscious discipline and how to help others…. have them help you. ” Our goal is not only to help our little friends know how to self regulate but build their confidence so that when they leave our safe home they can be conscious discipline ambassadors and change the world. I have had parents say when they got upset their child said ” Mommy do you need to do the red balloon ?” OUCH. That stinks ( in a pride sort of way ) but should make you feel so incredibly good that your child notices when people are upset , they can acknowledge the emotion ( name it ) and offer help. Please don’t take it as disrespect . Take a deep breath and remember this is a great time to teach ” Yes, you are right. Mommy was upset . Can you do the red balloon with me ?”
Many of these kiddos spent last year immersed in conscious discipline. They are good at it. We will start this year hitting it hard teaching our conscious discipline skills again. There are two things we do each day to get us ready to learn and grow in our preschool family.
The first thing that happens that is a conscious discipline structure is the connection as they come in the door or gate. I offer them two options for connecting with me. The first week we have offered a smile or a bear hug. The idea is to offer two choices – one that is physical touch and one that is not. Some adults don’t really like close touch and kids can be the same way. Most always the kids want a bear hug. Its a great time for me as a teacher to connect, show love and say a quick prayer as we hug that we have an amazing day.
The second conscious discipline structure is the brain smart start.
From Dr Bailey’s website :
The Conscious Discipline Brain Smart Start of the day consists of four activities: An activity to unite, an activity to connect, an activity to disengage stress and an activity to commit. Dr. Bailey designed this combination of activities using current brain research in order to promote an optimal learning state.
During this time we also do the pledge allegiance to the flag and wish our friends well that are not here for the day. This whole routine lasts about 5-7 minutes .
It’s one of my favorite parts of the day.
We also played music.
We opened the paint easel today !
We spilled a large bottle of glitter but learned that accidents happen we just clean them up and sometimes we are lucky and our preschool family pitches in to help.
We helped fold wash cloths !
We beaded a little for our chandelier .
And played with playdoh…
And served ourselves at lunch …
made amazing art projects without guidance !
So much more. It was a great day.