What is Toolbox?
At Peregrine Elementary, we will be referencing and teaching the TOOLBOX™ to students this year as we have the past five years. Toolbox is a simple and practical metaphor directing children to the experience and awareness of 12 innate "Tools" that already exist inside them. Opening the door to authentic relationship to self and others, Toolbox naturally encourages social equity through empathy, understanding, and 12 skills or practices to navigate the complexities of everyday life.
It’s a research-based, community-tested Kindergarten through sixth grade social and emotional learning (SEL) program that builds and strengthens children’s inherent capacity for resilience, self-mastery and empathy for self and others through its curricula, methods, and strategies.
The power of Toolbox resides in the moment-to-moment invitation to the “common language'' and "practices" of Toolbox. A strength/asset-based vocabulary shared among children, educators, and parents that gives children their own solutions using the 12 strategies and practices of Toolbox. I look forward to working and practicing these 12 skills with you and your student(s) as we move through the Toolbox journey.
Brandon Markham, School Counselor