The Knowing Garden

From under our big tree…

Saturday 7 January 2012
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Week 15: New Year.  New Plans.
Discoveries at TKG
Dear Families,
New year. New plans.  This week we officially added “chair building” to the schedule.  Currently it takesplace before opening meeting.  Chair ships and groovy snack shacks are made and the escape pod chairs blast off and rendezvous for our opening meeting.  Clean up is slowly becoming second nature.  And show and tell was added to our closing meeting plan.This week our conversations ranged from what we did over winter break to how we communicate with our siblings when they want to play.  We chased our shadows, made them disappear in bigger shadows, traced them and other shadows, cut snowflakes and made snowflake shadows.  Along the way we reconnected with each other in positive ways.  We shared snacks, traded shapes, and played together.On Thursday we read that there are 17 penguin species, and in “Stop That Pickle” 17 toasted almonds chased the pickle.  Once a student drew 17 eggs in their journal I declared that 17 was the number of the day!  (And on Friday we read that the one day on the moon takes the same time as 17 earth days.)Next week we will begin exploring space.  With such a vast topic we will begin with comets and meteor showers as they have been prevalent in our workshop stories.  I also have some space looking rocks to share on park day.  We will see where the Gardeners take us on our space adventure beginning on Monday at Ryan Park!  3…2…1…Blastoff!

Happy Learning,
Michelle Goldbach-Johnson

p.s. Check out our Flickr photostream here!

Growth: Themes & Plans

Week 15 will focus on the following developmental concepts:


Respect the rights of others and accept behavioral limits

Consider and listen to different perspectives


Continue to establish a sense of trust and safety

Responsibility for self and actions


Learn positive ways to release tension

Throw and catch


Numbers 11-31: January calendar (work in progress)

Shadows in space




TKG Fundraising: Buy from our Amazon store and help us raise money for future parent workshops.  Thank you!

Garden Maintenance:

Friendly remindersfrom the TKG Office:

  • Next Parent Night is Monday Jan 30th.  We will introduce new parents to our school and do a “Shifting Education Paradigms” Workshop.  The event is free and open to interested families..
  • Please Return Outstanding Forms: physician’s report, Emergency Form, etc.
  • Please bring your family picture (a small 3×5 photo in a simple frame or cover)

Thank you Families!  Admin Questions, please email t.valdez(at)knowinggarden(dot)org.


Enrollment Applications are now being accepted.  Share this link with your friends and family!

We love our Parent Volunteers!

MJG will be our parent volunteer this week.  If you have some time, please check in with Michelle for any take-home projects.


ECHO PARENTING classes: Upcoming classes in the South Bay include Anger and Co-Parenting.  Click here for more information.

Resource Of The Week:

What Does It Mean To Have a
Nonviolent Relationship With Me?

A Guide to Implementing What You Already Know

Empathy Does Not:
Fix It, Advise, Interrogate, Explain, Correct, Educate, Shut Down, Console, Commiserate, One-Up, Tell Tale, Evaluate, Sympathize, Take Blame


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