Tinker Time is a class for preschoolers ages three and up who love to create!
During this half-hour class, children will focus on a single STEM concept, such as “sound.” Keeping our focus small and the teaching explicit will provide us a context with which to work together to thoroughly explore the principle, and then have time to apply that principle and freely create using materials provided in a “Tinker Tray.” The whole class instruction format at the beginning of the class gives students an opportunity to structure their thinking by learning about a concept or skill (such as, for example, how the membrane of a drum conducts sound/vibration).
The premise for this class comes out of the “Maker Movement,” but with early childhood principles applied. This class is loosely structured on Nicholson’s (1972) theory that “in any environment, both the degree of inventiveness and creativity, and the possibility of discovery, are directly proportional to the number and kind of variables in it.”
Tinker Time seeks to meet children where they are and provide them with exposure to lots of variables and materials with which to create and learn. Tinker Time also creates a platform for children to learn about concepts in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) because they will experience in real time STEAM-related as they create. Through these authentic experiences, children will ask questions and be guided by a teacher to perceive these concepts as they work. These learning experiences target content in the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care’s Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences (2003) and the Social-Emotional Learning and Approaches to Play and Learning (2015) documents.
Through participating in Tinker Time, children will avoid ever having the inhibition to create that so many adults have because they lacked the opportunity, as children, to just create! Instead, this opportunity will foster the “creativity mindset” by giving children enrolled in the program a chance to explore, invent, design, experiment, make mistakes, revise and grow!
All materials are provided by Curious Kids Lynnfield at no cost to the host school as the materials are non-consumable. If a host organization would like children to have a “take home” from the class, a per child materials fee pay structure is available. Please inquire for program pricing; there are special discounts available for host schools scheduling more than one class on a single day or over the course of a year!
To learn more about Curious Kids Lynnfield’s Offsite Enrichment Class Offerings and Professional Development Seminars, please use our web form or give us a call at 617-680-2728.