What are rituals?
No two Tinkergarten classes are the same—each group of children is unique, and our outdoor classrooms are ever changing and offering new stimulation. However, all Tinkergarten classes share a 5-part structure, anchored by important rituals that support children and adults in learning and growing.
Tinkergarten class is structured in 5 parts:
Warm Up—Designed activities that help children transition into the experience, build on previous learning and support developmental patterns of behavior.
Community Circle—Leader leads circle time, complete with songs, movement and supportive ways to get to know one another. Designed to build literacy, motor skills and class community.
Invitation to Play—Leader sets up the expert-designed play scenario, creating a state of wonder and welcoming children to lead their own play.
Guided Play—Children (explorers) play with one another, supported by the Leader and the adults (guides) who join them. The Leader coaches both children and adults to deepen play and learning.
Celebration and Snack—A time to clean up and sit together as a community, learning to share food and observations which reinforce both discoveries and bonds made during class.