How can I support my child's experience in Tinkergarten Circle Time?

Here are a few tips to help you and your child get the most out of your Tinkergarten Circle Time experience:

Choose your location

  • You can attend your sessions anywhere inside or outside that has a reliable internet connection. 
  • Video meetings require a strong internet connection, so you may want to be close to your router to ensure a stable connection throughout class. 
  • To support your child’s engagement during the sessions, we recommend choosing a location where there is room for your child to freely move about and that you position your device so that your child can see and be seen while moving. 
  • If using a laptop or tablet, it may be helpful to prop it on a solid surface so that you can have a hands-free experience
  • You may also find that a location away from other household activities enables your child to engage and be free from distractions.

Have the week’s materials ready for class

  • Each week, children will be invited to bring an item to share with the group and a few materials for the play activity.
  • Each week before your Online Circle Time class, you will receive your weekly Activity Guide. At the top of your Guide, you will see the list of materials to bring to class.

Join in!

  • Adults are welcome to participate alongside their children during sessions! Tinkergarten Online Circle Time is designed to support kids and adults in playful learning together and your Leader will provide ideas that can inspire play for families after the session is over. 
  • If you do plan to step away during class, we recommend that you are available at the start of the session to ensure your child is all set up and that you practice using Zoom with your child beforehand. 
  • You may find that at times your child moves away from the screen during class. If that happens- don’t worry! Entering in and out of the screen may help young children get the most benefit out of online experiences. Welcome these movement breaks- we do! 
  • You may also find that offering a snack or an object to hold is supportive to your child. 

Continue the play after class!

  • After class, look to your Activity Guide for ideas to continue the play at home all week long. 
  • We’ll let you know which simple materials are used for these play ideas. Need supplies? Your Activity Guide also has a link to our materials store
  • Each Activity Guide also has a link to a read-aloud of a featured book that supports the week’s play and links to articles and resources to help you support your child’s creativity.