THE 12 TOOLS

    Breathing Tool
    Quiet/Safe Place Tool
    Listening Tool
    Empathy Tool
    Personal Space Tool
    Using Our Words Tool
    Garbage Can Tool
    Taking Time Tool
    Please & Thank You Tool
    Apology & Forgiveness Tool
    Patience Tool
    Courage Tool

    Toolbox is a K-6 curriculum that supports children in understanding and managing their own emotional, social and academic success.

    Children learn 12 simple yet powerful Tools. With practice these tools become valuable personal skills:  self-awareness, self-management and relationship skills; these in turn foster responsible decision-making.  Because the techniques are simple and the language is shared, children adopt the tools and master them quickly.

    Toolbox starts with each child, building self-knowledge and self-mastery; it soon improves empathy and communication and helps resolve conflicts in the classroom, playground and whole school community.  Children experience their own power and naturally take more responsibility for managing themselves and solving problems.

    Why is it Important?

    Toolbox builds a critical foundation for whole child development as well as academic success. Despite growing pressure to improve academic results, decades of research has proven that children cannot learn until they feel safe and are able to understand and manage their emotions and social interactions.  It has shown that:

    1) social and emotional skills are essential for academic learning,
    2) these skills can be taught and learned, and
    3) this kind of training has powerful benefits for life success.

    Click on this link to view a video about the power of the 12 tools: http://dovetaillearning.org/dovetail/

    Below you will find handouts that explain the 12 tools, as well as home activities for each tool.

  • Month



    Breathing Tool


    Quiet Safe Place Tool  and Taking Time Tool


    Personal Space Tool


    Using Our Words Tool


    Listening Tool and      Empathy Tool


    Patience Tool


    Please & Thank You Tool


    Apology & Forgiveness Tool  and Garbage Can Tool


    Courage Tool

  • Tools will be introduced as follows:

    September: Breathing Tool

    October: Quiet Safe Place Tool and Taking Time Tool

    November: Personal Space Tool

    December: Using Our Words Tool

    January: Listening Tool and Empathy Tool

    February: Patience Tool

    March: Please & Thank You Tool

    April: Apology & Forgiveness Tool and Garbage Can Tool

    May: Courage Tool