Definition – The condition or quality of being self governing; self-determined; independent.
While providing a strong, loving, familial base, and an educational environment, the ultimate goal of TK is to give our children some of the tools they need to become responsible, determined, and independent individuals who understand that they are capable of accomplishing anything if they set their mind to it.
We do this by setting high (but realistic) expectations for each of our individual children, and when they succeed, the whole TK family rejoices! We do not baby or patronize our children, but rather revel in their abilities! We are as proud of the toddler who can pull his own shirt on over his head as we are of the 5th grader who learns to use the computer independently as a homework resource tool.
We also try to teach the children to be responsible for their actions. A good feeling, and a sense of pride and accomplishment is felt when the child succeeds in meeting a goal, but, by the same token, a feeling of disappointment when they fail at something is a natural occurrence. We do not encourage children (or their parents) to fabricate a list of excuses when they do not meet expectations, but rather to take responsibility for their actions (or lack of). Then we try to help the child to determine a way to better handle the situation next time.
“Where there is a child, there is hope…” -Terri Lynn Hart