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!
Hi Everyone! I am looking forward to leading my first Tinkergarten classes this fall! I am a single Mom to two wonderful kids! My daughter is 19, and just finished her freshman year at University of Vermont, and my son is 15 and just finished his freshman year in high school. I was a very involved stay-at-home Mom for most of the time they were growing up. I have always loved nature, and found wonder and peace there. From the time my kids were babies, I always had them out in nature, playing in the woods at the edge of our property, hiking trails in parks, exploring under logs, in streams, at the ocean's edge. We visited local parks, state parks, and national parks. When stressed or upset, both of my children find themselves seeking nature to feel better, as do I. It is part of who we are. It truly is like "going home". When my youngest started Kindergarten, I became a teaching assistant at the alternative project based school that my children both attended. I loved being in the classroom, so I decided in 2010 to get my Masters in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I taught a mixed age class of 5 to 8 year olds. I was very fortunate to be able to bring many nature based projects into the classroom. After teaching full time for the last 4 years, I decided I needed to be home more again for my teen son, and so my quest for something that would allow me more flexibility began. So, when a friend asked me if I had heard of Tinkergarten, I went to explore the website. I was thrilled to find something that was exactly what I needed at this time in my life, and was something I was really passionate about... children, nature, learning through play and real life experiences, away from screens. I couldn't believe my luck! And now, here I am excited to bring all that I love to other families! Robin
- Robin Sorrentino