The Younger Group



Cathleen Tong teaches the three-year span of the Younger Group. She "lives the day" with her children, carefully nurturing the group of six- through nine-year-olds as they develop into a caring, concerned community of learners.

Academics begin to have a more traditionally structured form in the Y.G., with a strong basis in problem solving. The children are encouraged to find and use their own strengths as learners to build their skills through a large variety of activities and equipment.

The classroom is bright and busy. Cathleen encourages movement and talking, because children need to do both to learn. The whole Y.G. works on many things together, like plays, singing, group books, and a sense of group responsibility. They also work in small learning groups, teaching each other, and as individuals, developing their own ideas, work habits and projects.

Cathleen believes that children in these age ranges "need a wide path for learning."



YG Newsletter

  • Welcome to the New Year!
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           Hello families and amazing children!  We are off to a great start for the 2018-2019 school year!  The children are full of energy and excitement, and after two days, I can already tell how special and unique the children are.  We will be taking our first hike of the year to Glen Helen, and I am very excited to walk with the children and learn lots of interesting things about the Glen.  We played some getting to know you games, created self-portraits, ate a healthy snack, and took a boundary walk.  I am beyond thrilled to be the new Younger Group teacher.  I will love and honor your children!  Cathleen Tong

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Cathleen - The Younger Group Teacher

Cathleen Tong - Younger Group

Cathleen grew up in Trotwood, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio University in 1986 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. Before teaching, she was a sailor on tall sailing ships in Key West, Florida, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific and traveled extensively on land and at sea. In 2000, she moved back to Ohio with her son to be closer to family.

In 2000, Cathleen moved to Yellow Springs and returned to graduate school at Antioch University-McGregor, where she received her teaching degree (grades K-8) and a Master`s degree in Educational Leadership. This is her 18th year of teaching. Before coming to The Antioch School, she was an inner city Montessori teacher for Dayton Public Schools. She is bilingual in Spanish and incorporates this beneficial language into her teaching every day. This is her first year at The Antioch School, and she is thrilled to be a part of this amazing community of learners.

"I love kids! To me, teaching is not just a job. It is at the core of who I am and everything that I stand for. I love the choices that the children have over their learning at our school. It is a balance between freedom and limits, and they learn to work things out peacefully at an early age. They know that we are a family, and that they are truly valued and respected. They are allowed to be just kids and enjoy the beauty of nature and outside play, which teaches them so much about life and other people. I am so honored to be the YG teacher and thrilled to watch the children grow and flourish. The Antioch School is magical, and I feel very fortunate to be a part of this idyllic, special place."

The Younger Group
For first-, second-, and third-graders
8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Upcoming Younger Group Events

Mon Feb 18 @12:00AM
President's Day - School Closed

Tue Feb 19 @12:00AM
Mid-Winter Break - School Closed

Thu Feb 21 @12:00AM
Swim & Gym

Fri Feb 22 @12:00AM
Intention Forms Due

Sun Feb 24 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
Open House

Thu Feb 28 @12:15PM - 03:00PM
Ice Skating at The Chiller

Thu Mar 07 @12:00AM
Swim & Gym

Contact Christine

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Testimonial of Alban Holyoke.

Alban Holyoke
The Antioch School 1990-1999


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