About Us

2015 7 to 9 Class Week 32Personalized education is a creative process at The Knowing Garden.Week-5-7-to-9  Hands-on experiences and projects are an important part of that process and we strive to meet students where they are. Teachers are very accessible and collaborative. Regular newsletters offer insight into what your student is doing in class and a snapshot of the community.

Why Start A School?

There are many reasons for starting this school, including: choice, attachment/peaceful/unconditional parenting, honoring the individual, connecting with nature and igniting the passion for learning. One of the most driving forces was a void of choices: too expensive, too far, not respectful, not open. We were moved to action because we didn’t have an education option that provided an affordable, respectful, learning environment where creativity could blossom from within each of its students surrounded by a supportive community.

Our school began in the Summer of 2010 at our very first community meeting held in a founding family’s backyard. On a simple whiteboard, we listed all the things we wanted in a school. The list still holds true today. So, we set out to make the list a reality armed with willing and passionate parents. We started with 4 students and one teacher in our first year. In our second year, we added 6 students and another teacher. We are now 25 students, 2 full-time teachers, 1 administrator, and a handful of Board Members encircled by a community of over 30 parents, extended family, and caregivers. Our intention is to grow TKG into a school that serves students ages 2/3 through 13/14 years old.

We are inspired by many whose expertise and research have helped us craft our Curriculum & Environment. Special thanks to the Roseville Community School for opening their school and sharing their experience with us.

TKG MILESTONES

2010:  TKG established and 501c3 formed
2011: TKG opens for 5-7 year olds with 4 students; @ Alta Vista Park
2011: Secure partnership with current location
2013: Add 7-9 year old class
2014: FACE Time Program added
2015: Added 9-11 year old class
2015: Surpass 20 students
2015: Formalize Passion Projects within curriculum
2016: Implemented formal Tuition Moderation Initiative
2016: Start offering Summer Camps
2016: Surpass 30 students
2017: Reinitiate Homeschool program and begin Parent & Me program
2017: Optimize cohort structure and extend program to 4 year olds

The following experts have influenced the development of TKG:

Education and Learning Theory
Jean Piaget PhD-Constructivist Theory (www.piaget.org)
Howard Gardner PhD Multiple Intelligences (www.howardgardner.com)
Alfie Kohn – Progressive Education/Punishments and Rewards, Cooperative Learning (www.alfiekohn.org)
Sir Ken Robinson – Creativity in school, divergent thinking (www.sirkenrobinson.com/skr/)
Dr. Lella Gandini – Reggio-Emilia (http://www.reggioalliance.org/)

Psycho-Social/Emotional Development
Eric Erikson PhD – stages of psychosocial development
Bev Bos – Early Childhood Education (www.rosevillecommunityschool.org)

Communication and Relationship Building
Ruth Beaglehole – Unconditional parenting/CNVEP (www.theechocenter.org)
Patty Wipfler – Hand in Hand Parenting (http://www.handinhandparenting.org/)
Aletha Solter PhD – Aware Parenting (www.awareparenting.com)
Faber & Mazlish – Peaceful Parent/Child Relations (www.fabermazlish.com)

 Brain Development and Neuroscience

Dr. Greenstein – An internationally recognized author, researcher, whole systems thought leader and innovation strategist, GGI Founder & Chief Brainiac, Dr. G. has dedicated her life long energies to advancing the art & neuroscience of creative problem-solving. (http://www.greensteininstitute.com/site/)
Dan Siegel PhD – Understanding the “internal world of the mind” (www.drdansiegel.com)
Adele Diamond PhD Improving School Outcomes by Addressing the Whole Child and by Addressing Skills and Attitudes, Not Just Content (www.devcogneuro.com/AdeleDiamond.html)

Mindfulness (Self-Awareness)
Martin Luther King Jr. – non-violence
Don Miguel Ruiz – The Four Agreements
Habits of Mind – Raising Caring, Capable Kids

Connection to Nature & Right to Play
Richard Louv – “Connections between family, nature and community.” www.richardlouv.com
Larry Cohen, PhD – joining children in their world of play, focusing on connection and confidence, giggling and roughhousing, and following your child’s lead. http://www.playfulparenting.com/
International Play Association – “The child shall have full opportunity for play and recreation which should be directed to the same purposes as education; society and the public authorities shall endeavor to promote the enjoyment of this right” http://www.ipausa.org/

TKG is a member of AERO (Alternative Education Resource Organization), NAEYC and Natural Start Alliance

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