Tinkergarten offers year-long programming delivered in 11-week series. Each series, we create a unique progression of lessons that support specific outcomes for children.
Our classes are offered in mixed-age groupings (2-5 years and 5-8 years), which both meet the needs expressed by families, and, from our perspective, deliver a richer educational experience.
Tinkergarten activities are open-ended, child-led, and designed within a universal framework to offer both access and potential benefit to children across a range of ages and developmental needs.
We have used research to identify a subset of core skills to target in our program design. We organize these skills in three buckets: ready to learn; ready to thrive; and ready for anything. The infographic below displays those 12 core skills (leaves) and how they break down by bucket (flowers).
Each series, we identify one of our 12 skills as the “focus skill.” Even though our lessons collectively support the range of skills, each lesson targets that focus skill. Each week, families receive at-home curriculum to support their child in developing that skill at home through playful, outdoor learning. At the end of the series, each child earns a certificate commemorating their progress in that skill.
We map out a series of lessons for each series that can support all target outcomes and that, in particular, support our focus skill. Our new lessons are written, pre-tested, and then rolled out to leaders so that both leader and parent enjoy novelty, and parents are intrigued by what each next season has in store.
To get a feel for how we think about learning, you can sample some of our free DIY Activities shared on our website.
We’re always developing new lesson plans and curriculum for each series to keep the experience fresh and engaging for our explorers who continue to learn with us season after season!