WHAT IS TOOLBOX?
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.
Quiet Safe Place Tool and Taking Time Tool
Personal Space Tool
Using Our Words Tool
Listening Tool and Empathy Tool
Please & Thank You Tool
Apology & Forgiveness Tool and Garbage Can 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