Rise & Shine Montessori

Discipline Policy

What is “Discipline”?

Definition of Discipline: "The word "discipline is derived from the word disciple.  Discipline is something adults do with and for children, rather than something done to children to stop them from behaving in undesirable ways. 

Why do we discipline?  Our society is governed by rules as to what is appropriate behaviour.  The intention of  discipline is to help children learn proper and acceptable behaviour, develop self-control, self-confidence, and ultimately treat themselves as well as others with respect and kindness.  We all have a need to feel loved, worthwhile, respected and accepted for who we are.

How do we discipline?  Here at Rise & Sine we consistently use the works of Dr. Thomas Gordon, Adel Faber and Elaine Mazlish as well as Barbara Colorosso in our discipline techniques.

We believe in:

  • Praise and encouragement and high-fives through the day.
  • Using redirection to focus attention away from inappropriate activity.
  • Setting realistic goals, expectations and consequences for the child’s developmental level.
  • Letting the children learn from their mistakes without the label of failure.
  • Using active listening skills and “I messages” to express our thoughts and feelings.
  • Discussing and labelling our feelings whether positive or negative and using art and music to display our emotions so they are expressed appropriately.
  • Being good role models for children to follow and learn from.
  • Using songs that teach us to mind our manners, respect others and love ourselves.

Under no circumstances will any child ever be subjected to any physical punishment, verbal or emotional abuse or denial of physical necessities, love and comfort.