|Our Early Childhood Program is grounded in the principles of Conscious Discipline, a social and emotional philosophy that increases a teacher’s skill set for self-management and classroom leadership.
Conscious Discipline provides a relationship based model of classroom management with the “school family” at the core of the program. It is supported by the following three tenets:
• Controlling and changing ourselves is possible and has a profound impact on others
Our teachers maintain a sense of calm and well-being even when children cannot.
Adults who manage their own anger and frustration teach children emotional self-management skills and provide them with a healthy model to emulate.
• Connectedness governs behavior
Our school structures and routines strengthen our family atmosphere and enrich
children’s classroom experiences. Structures bring order to a classroom by helping
children anticipate what comes next – rituals bring warmth and connection to a
classroom by emotionally connecting children to their school experiences. At school
children begin to appreciate how pleasurable it is to play and work with others.
• Conflict is an opportunity to teach
While most people instinctively try to avoid conflict – at school, we see conflict as
an opportunity to teach children missing skills. With ongoing support, practice, and
coaching children gain the confidence to approach conflict directly and learn to see it
as a manageable part of daily life.