Leader since Fall 2017

Hi, my name is Elana Porat. I am a leader based in Chicago, IL

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Tinkergarten provides high-quality early childhood learning in the healthiest classroom of all—the outdoors. Families connect with trained leaders in their local community for play-based kids classes that help develop core life skills, all while having fun!

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I am a lover of both city and nature! I am a mama to two energetic little boys and have been an elementary school teacher for the past ten years. Inquiry learning is a great passion of mine and there is nothing more exciting than watching the joy of discovery and new learning on kids' faces. Exploring the wonders of our neighborhood and the natural world around us is always an adventure. Come join me as we get outdoors, sing and play, and definitely get our hands dirty. "We had a wonderful time at the trial class today and are very excited to join you for the full session. Friday mornings are the time I have to do classes with my son so I really cherish that time. Like you, we tried other classes around the city and though I liked them a lot, Owen was always very clingy and I got the sense he didn't enjoy it much. Today was a completely different story. Owen was engaged, confident, and independent. All things I know he can be, but don't often come out so quickly in new experiences. So...thanks for starting this class and for doing it on a Friday morning! We can't wait to see more!" - Jenn, a past guide

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Elana Porat has led classes in Humboldt Park (Chicago, Illinois), Smith Park (Chicago, Illinois), and Wicker Park (Chicago, Illinois).