First Day of School Traditions

Not your typical first day around here, our #firstdayofschool traditions include play, building relationships, and sunflowers. These traditions were designed to build a community that can work through just about anything. First, play. Play is a child’s work. You can’t standardize learning through play and that’s why it trips everyone …

Conflict helps us Learn

“How were you brave? How were you kind? How did you fail? What are you grateful for? These four little questions can be a helpful tool for unwinding a busy day at school and supporting a growth/flexible mindset for your student. It takes the focus away from pain and directs …

Triangle Conferences – A Snapshot

At TKG, we believe that students are people who are developing in their own way and at their own rate.¬† We favor a holistic approach to assessment that includes academic, social, and emotional development of each child.¬† Therefore, assessment of progress is through anecdotal observation, individual student conferences, formative assessments, …

What is outdoor school like?

You are wondering how outdoor school works. Can children really learn outside of a classroom? Don’t they need to be at a desk? What about state standards? First, our environment is responsive to student, teacher, and family. Academic learning is guided within a context of a relationship-based environment. In just …

Learning about Safety through Play and Mistakes

TKG is a special place because self-awareness and confidence-building are part of academic learning. By switching phrases from “Be Careful!” to something more specific and open-ended, we all learn about trust, cooperation, collaboration, and resilience. Recently, our classroom has been outdoors and that means, more exposure to experiences with flora …